As soon as Lady Hale told those assembled at the Supreme Court that the issue before them - that of whether the current prorogation of Parliament was legal - was justiceable, the rest followed. The decision reached by her and the other ten law lords, the maximum number that could sit at any one time, was unanimous. Alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s actions had been judged unlawful.
The advice to the Queen to prorogue was unlawful. So not only Bozo The Clown, but also the likes of the member for times long past Jacob Rees Mogg, are involved in unlawful behaviour. The Supreme Court has now passed the matter of reconvening Parliament to the Speaker and Lord Speaker. John Bercow has already commented on the decision.
“They have vindicated the right and duty of Parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinise the executive and hold Ministers to account. As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay”.
So what future now for Bozo, still in New York City for the United Nations Assembly? As dawn breaks over Manhattan, he now has to consider his future. So do all those who willingly served in his cabinet and went before the media to defend the prorogation. But then, we are not dealing with honourable people here. Had Johnson been caught as John Profumo was caught, he would not have done the decent thing and resigned.
Guardian diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour was in no doubt what needed to happen. “It's 5.45 am in New York and Parliament is still sitting, the UK Supreme Court has declared. An airplane at JFK needs to start up its engines, and speed the PM back to London. Meetings with Rouhani, and a speech to the UN General Assembly may have to be cancelled. Humiliation”. David Allen Green added “PMQs tomorrow then”.
Jonathan Lis made the obvious observation: “Boris Johnson has spent his whole life getting away with [literally what] he wanted. That ended, right now”. Why did the Government’s case not impress the Supreme Court? Spinning Hugo ventured “The key problem for the government was the inability to give a sworn statement explaining its decision. Because they couldn’t. It is so encouraging that the low standards in public life that we have come to expect don't apply in court rooms”. Quite.
And the conclusion? Green MEP Molly Scott Cato was in no doubt. “Boris Johnson has been found to have acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament … He is not fit to be our Prime Minister and should resign … Parliament should be recalled with immediate effect”. Kevin Maguire of the Mirror went further. “Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and every Minister who conspired in the unlawful sidelining of Parliament and lying to the Queen would resign immediately if they had an ounce of honour in their bodies”.
Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger summed it all up well. “Too clever by half. The Suprme Court unanimously understands the meaning of Parliamentary sovereignty. Incredible that a Prime Minister didn’t. Time for him to go”. The Tories are bust. They put their trust in a congenital liar; they must pay the price.
Today has been a good day for Parliamentary democracy. That is all.
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