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- Sep 20, 2018
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May crushed as parliament humbles her before Brexit voteParliament is sovereign. It represents the views of the British public. It is the boss of government, not the other way round.
The delay-gambit failed. MPs voted against it by 311 to 307. The government's defence was shattered. Then came the charge, in the form of a vote on the motion itself. Again Mps defeated the government, this time by 311 to 293. The government was officially found in contempt of parliament, for the first time in British history.
It is an indelible stain on the government's reputation. It had tried to keep legal advice secret. It had tried to undermine parliament by simply refusing to fight. It had tried to ignore what parliament eventually decided.
It's never happened before. Strictly speaking, it's either the Attorney General or the Minister for the Cabinet Office (or both?) who was or were in contempt. If they had continued in their contempt, after the finding, parliament could -- probably would -- have suspended them from parliament for a week or so. Theoretically, I think, it could have locked them up in the clock tower, but they haven't done that for a while!Is the Government being in contempt of Parliament sort of like the US President being impeached by Congress?
I suspect that it may not surprise anyone but competent legal advice would almost certainly have more nuance and uncertainty than the Government has been projecting.Well, even if the parliament gets the full legal advise, I guess there's not so much standing in it what's going to be a surprise or would change much.
David Lammy is one of a very small number of genuinely impressive MPs.Well, count me as a new fan of David Lammy. Those were inspiring, encouraging, compassionate sentiments, not heard much in all this misbegotten accelerationism. (My own chocolate fireguard got a brief mention, which was as much as he tends to deserve)
Gods, if we can only wind up with an Article 50 withdrawal somehow, whether initiated of their own account by PM May, PM Corbyn, or under a new referendum's mandate.
It is “very likely” that the UK voted for Brexit because of illegal overspending by the Vote Leave campaign, an Oxford professor will tell the High Court. An exhaustive analysis of the campaign’s digital strategy concludes it reached “tens of millions of people” in its last crucial days, after its spending limit had been breached – enough to change the outcome.