In this powerful op-ed, Charles Falconer, former Lord Chancellor defends the judiciary as a vital pillar of our constitution. He argues that the government must defend the judiciary from these unconscionable attacks or put all our freedoms at risk.
Source: The vicious assault on UK judges by the Brexit press is a threat to democracy | Charles Falconer | Opinion | The Guardian
In a short-time since June, after the Brexit referendum, the UK has degenerated quickly with populists and extreme media stamping all over British parliamentary sovereignty and judicial integrity. The buck stops at Theresa May‘s door as prime minister but Jeremy Corbyn weakness in holding the government to account is significant.
The populist, sensationalist press is out of control and goes out of it’s way to make a bad situation worse.Perhaps they believe that no-one will buy their rags if they cease to inflame their readers.
Having said that ( and here’s the but) I personally feel the judges were wrong. Worse still they were wrong on purpose and should not have been sitting on the bench that day. All three have links to pro-EU groups, chambers or derive work from same. One even wrote legislation for EU integration. Judges who at least appeared to be unbiased would not have created quite the same reaction and I repeat these three should not have been sitting on a case in which they held a vested interest.
Further to that, The Tories promised a referendum to the people and (eventually) supplied same. They were in power when the referendum was held because the people had given them a mandate to govern. That mandate had not been given to Labour or the Lib Dems for good reason, and yet now someone decides that those not in power and heavily in favour of Bremain should dictate the speed of our exit and be involved in the terms. Most Brexiteers were somewhat disappointed that article 50 hadn’t been actioned the day after the results were in. But yes, we do understand that a little breathing space is necessary to create a plan of action so next March is acceptable. In the meantime these seemingly (to me) undemocratic antics are entertaining our friends in Europe.
In my opinion, whilst the group designated with the task of sorting out our exit strategy get on with it, I’d much rather see the rest of Parliament work too ensure the easy transition of the children from the French refugee camps to the UK and start making humane decisions about the adults who are foolishly trying to reach our shores.
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