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I expressed my surprise the other day that Labour governments in the previous century had always scrupulously respected the "unwritten constitution", i.e. the Establishment conventions, precedents and gentlemen's agreements.

Of course, had they not done so, the Establishment courts would have come down on them like a ton of bricks. And it would have been the "law lords", not professional jurists.

I suppose that Boris assumed that it's OK if you are a Tory... and it's rather a surprise that the modern judges are professionals who take their jobs seriously.

Unsurprisingly, the Tories are starting to talk about judges being nominated by Parliament in the future... i.e. political appointees. This might seem democratic to the general public, but in fact, there is no democracy without an independent judiciary.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Sep 26th, 2019 at 04:31:07 PM EST

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