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I'm never much of an optimist when it comes to court challenges to political decisions. Senior Judges are, by definition, pillars of the establishment, and the more senior they are, the more establishment orientated they are likely to be.

In the absence of clear constitutional or statutory guidelines as to when and why Parliament may be prorogued, most Judges would, I suspect, give the benefit of any doubt to the Government as the body properly authorised to make such decisions.

So this decision by the most senior Scottish Court really ups the ante. It has flat out said the government prorogued Parliament for the purposes of preventing proper democratic scrutiny of its decision making and to enable a no deal Brexit against the wishes of Parliament.

Of course the government will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court in London. No doubt mindful of previous tabloid abuse that judges who upheld challenges to how Brexit is being pursued are traitors, the Supreme Court may be less inclined to challenge the government.

But the battle lines have been drawn. Scotland no longer has confidence in the Government of the UK to act properly and impartially in the interests of all. Johnson is no longer a legitimate Prime Minister of Scotland.

Any normal Prime Minister would already have resigned in disgrace. There is no indication from Downing Street he will do so even if the Supreme Court finds he has acted unlawfully. The law only applies to the little people, apparently...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 11th, 2019 at 06:41:53 PM EST
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