Economic health – or not

There is an interesting post from Simon Wren Lewis from last month where he suggests that: in the UK Treasury cutting the deficit generally takes priority over the health of the economy He says: The UK Treasury bears some responsibility for the disaster of 2010 austerity, yet it has not accepted or understood the mistake… Read more

Johnson’s government proves the truth of ‘perfidious albion’

This tweet from the BBC’s Europe correspondent provides another possible reason for Johnson’s Internal Market Bill: Katya Adler@BBCkatyaadler Opinion amongst EU diplomats is broadly that IF PM is talking about EU threatening integrity of UK endangering peace in NIreland etc IN ORDER to eventually sell idea to Tory party that doing a trade deal with… Read more

The Salisbury Convention

Following on from my previous piece, a friend has advised me that the Lords are constitutionally incapable of rejecting a manifesto commitment. As indeed they are, under the so-called Salisbury Convention. (Goodness knows why the government should object to the Lords rejecting a bill when they themselves think they should be able, without problem, not… Read more

Only the Lords can now save us

From the collapse in the rule of law achieved by the Conservative’s United Kingdom Internal Market Bill… The Lords are our last hope. Very simply, relevant clauses “have effect notwithstanding any relevant international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent”. Whilst there is doubt I suggest, whether this in itself is… Read more