How is this ‘the law’?
Mr Johnson’s Government has been told to publish communications connected to prorogation and no-deal Brexit planning after MPs supported an emergency Commons motion.
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve’s demand for all written and electronic contact about the temporary suspension of Parliament and Operation Yellowhammer documents since July 23 to be released was approved by 311 votes to 302, majority nine.
He used the parliamentary device of a humble address to the Queen to ask for the documents to be put before the Commons by ministers by no later than 11pm on Wednesday.
Is this an Act of Parliament? No. Did it go through the Lords? No. Has it received Royal Assent? No. Is it compatible with Grieve’s beloved ECHR? No. So how is it ‘the law’?
Remember when May’s government never published the legal advice it had received on Brexit even though Parliament ordered it to, and nothing happened, except that on p. 17 of the newspapers it was noted that it was in contempt of Parliament? Will the media treat any refusal of Johnson’s the same way?
We can’t have this Parliament of ghouls just voting on whatever it feels like on any particular night and have that be ‘the law’. That’s no basis for a functioning society. Johnson’s executive needs to put them back in their place. But it doesn’t help when the establishment and media is made up of fellow travellers who will ignore the government being in contempt of Parliament when it suits them, and make a fuss of it when it doesn’t.
Hence the repugnant spectacle of the likes of Clive Lewis and Caroline Lucas holding up protest signs saying ‘Silenced’ at the close of Parliament. If there is one group of people in our society who get a disproportionate say over the rest of us, it is these Remainer clowns who can rely on favourable media coverage 24/7.
(As Paul Horgan says here, the Marxists love anything that upsets and discredits the traditional order, because the resulting chaos provides an opportunity for them to grab power, as has been demonstrated many times in the past.)
Update: The ‘path back’ – do the Tories really want the poisonous autocrat Damien Grieve back in the party after this?