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When this happened to Nixon, even he had the decency to resign.  But de Piffle?  I rather doubt it.
by rifek on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 09:04:54 PM EST
Nixon got caught running a breaking-and-entering ring against his political opponents. Garden variety back-alley sort of criminal behavior. That is, apparently, easier to prosecute than abstract constitutional difficulties.

Also, it was a long time ago.

by asdf on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 03:33:31 AM EST
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I suspect if there were tape recordings of some Downing St. meetings available, BoJo and some of his advisors would be in the dock already...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 10:01:12 AM EST
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So Boris Johnson, according to 11 top U.K. judges, misled the queen and trampled on parliamentary sovereignty. Imagine, just for a second, if a Labour PM did that -- they wouldn't have survived the night. Johnson, meanwhile, is on his way back from New York City, and has declared he has no intention of resigning. Instead, he suggested at the margins of the U.N. General Assembly, in a display of his recent the-people-vs-the-elites (err, not him) rhetoric, that the ruling is the ultimate proof that fresh elections must be held.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 04:29:29 PM EST
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Has there been any opportunity for a competent authority to ask such a question where there are serious consequences for lying by the PM or minister? And is there any sure way to find that out short of replacing the current government by one led by a different PM?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 04:34:53 PM EST
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He didn't get caught running the dirty tricks campaign.  His people gave him sufficient plausible deniability for that.  He got caught trying to cover it all up, and his fingerprints were all over that.  That's what the materials subpoenaed by Congress showed, that's why he stonewalled the subpoenas and took them to the SCOTUS, and that's why when the SCOTUS said he had to deliver he was done.
by rifek on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 05:49:00 PM EST
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