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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Tories Admit Criminal Intent

Faith can be an awesome thing. But it can not move mountains, and it most certainly cannot reshape reality in the favour of clueless Tory Brexiteers, no matter how loudly and convincingly they repeat their chosen mantra. Nor can it mask the inexorable move of our current Government into the field of forthright criminality.

That faith - that what they are doing is not only right, but is the will of the people - was on display, first of all, yesterday evening, when the only Tories that Channel 4 News could persuade to be interviewed were people like Andrew Bridgen. Matt Frei asked The Great Man “If the EU now threatened to walk away from it the way that we’ve done, you’d be happy with that personally?” Bridgen’s delusion was as magnificent as it was misguided.

They won’t. They need a deal. They’ve got far more to lose from not having a deal than we have, because they sell us so much more and there’s going to come huge pressure from the independent members of the EU27 saying ‘we’ve got to have a deal’. That’s why Michel Barnier is going to be sidelined”. Yes, he really believes that.

Those “independent members” have been party to M Barnier’s appointment, and giving him the mandate to negotiate on their behalf. There will be no picking them off, as witness the interview the BBC’s Katya Adler did with Portuguese PM António Costa recently. There would be no point in appealing to him directly - he left that kind of thing to Brussels.

Worse for Bridgen, the idea that the EU side would not walk away from talks just came a lot closer today after Brandon “barrow boy” Lewis stood up in the Commons and admitted that the Government which he represents is intending to break international law - indeed, was preparing to renege on a treaty to which they signed up only last year.

Here’s what Lewis said. “I would say to my Hon friend that yes, this does break international law, in a very specific and limited way. We are taking the power to disapply the EU law concept of direct effect required by Article 4 in … certain very tightly defined circumstances”. The Tweeter known as Steve Analyst responded “On our way to the entire international community being labelled ‘Remainers’”. There was more.

The BBC’s Iain Watson attempted to keep a straight face, telling “The northern Ireland secretary [Brandon Lewis] says govt is prepared to break international law in a 'Specific and limited way ' - he says there is a precedent for 'treaty override’”. Ho yus.

Jolyon Maugham found this concept interesting, if a little challenging, responding “‘My client only broke the law in a specific and limited way’ is amongst the rarer pleas advanced by Counsel in written or oral submissions”. But it will give the EU delegation an excellent reason to not merely mistrust their UK counterparts, but not believe them, too.

As Mike Hind concluded, “Even a cursory reading of history tells you that a prerequisite of successfully attracting business & commerce is a country's integrity & the confidence of outside investors in its adherence to the rule of law. Johnsonian Britain is not Global Britain”. Even Theresa May has pointed out the idiocy of the Government’s approach.

Andrew Bridgen backs that, he’s living in cloud cuckoo land. But you knew that anyway.

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Arnold said...

PMQ tomorrow. Bozo who believes that he can break International law v Starmer QC. Popcorn time.

Arnold said...

If the internal market bill becomes law, it will need Royal Assent. Normally just a formality, but legislation that breaks international law?

Anonymous said...

It gets worse.

The BBC tory glove puppet who fronts the laughable Outside Source just referred, no shit, to "...a so-called No Deal." After brushing aside government criminality with a couple of minutes bullshit.

Then moving on to ten minutes of the "more important" Belarus saga. Thus exposing the Cold War 2 propaganda usefulness of the latter.

Anonymous said...

The Magna Carta overrules "international law"

AndyC said...

Anonymous said...
The Magna Carta overrules "international law"

So she didnt die in vain after all?

Anonymous said...


Really, Judge Gammon? Any cases you'd like to cite as precedent? ... Thought not. Hardly a surprise considering "almost all of its [the magna carta's] content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries". Wikipedia is your friend if you want to try and stop looking like an uniformed twat.

Since the provisions of International Law are proposed by the executive; passed into law by the legislature; and then by administered by the judiciary, International Law clearly overrules the "magna carta". You are either very very stupid or are entirely ignorant of the country of which you claim to be a patriot. Which is it?

Anonymous said...

@ 21:58.

In which case the tories knowingly broke "Magna Carta law" when they signed the Withdrawal Agreement.


grim northerner said...


Johnspartacusanonymous said...

You didn't want her to die in vain did you?

Anonymous said...

No. but she did manage to give an armful

Anonymous said...

Twat, knobhead, Judge Gammon (very risible Paul), it that all you've got? Sad

grim northerner said...

'judge gammon' is my fave!

Anonymous said...


You're forgetting uninformed, ignorant and stupid. These are not insults but accurate descriptions of someone who invariably fails to offer any evidence to support his drivel. Please learn English, especially if you are going to spout bollocks about patriotism.

Still waiting for precedent ...