Archive: Prorogation/Judgement

Posted on 2nd April, 2020

Like many another I was deeply shocked by the prorogation of parliament. It was morally wrong to cut down MPs' discussion of one of the most important questions this country has ever faced. In addition it set a really bad precedent: that a prime minister facing defeat in the House of Commons could avoid the issue by closing it down. However, we were assured that Boris Johnson was acting within the law.

 

So I am really pleased by the Supreme Court's ruling. An action that was morally wrong has now been declared also to be unlawful. That is not just a matter of setting this particular issue straight; ensuring that the law is consistent with a common sense view of right and wrong is a victory for justice in this country. We should all thank Gina Miller and the others who brought the case to court.

 

Boris Johnson says that while he respects the judgment he profoundly disagrees with it. He has no choice but to respect it, unless he wants to end up in prison, but how can he disagree with it? It was the court's job and not his to define the relationship between parliament and government. He may regret the judgment but in saying he disagrees with it he is throwing doubt on the competence of the highest court in the land.  Surely that makes him unfit to be prime minister of a country ruled by law.

 

Roger Porkess

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