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

They learn Orwell newspeak in the Cabinet Office

So what was sold as getting rid of red tape is now actually “growing the customs sector”. The Tory Cabinet Office is crowing about increasing bureaucracy and about increasing the number of bureaucrats. What we were told was a cost has now, miraculously, been transformed into a benefit… In the phrase of the disconsulate civil… Read more

Tories say that UK is open for investment but not for exploitation

The interesting proposal to protect UK companies essential to public health from foreign takeover is long overdue and does show that even the current government has actually learnt something…. Maybe they could also learn that the ‘free’ market should not be allowed to be quite so free and that the UK should have considerable, sustainable… Read more

Brexit disaster looms…

There is worrying news from the WTO, which seems to be little noticed. The only record I can find is here, and which ‘Yorkshire Bylines’ are, I suggest, well worth following. The USA has long refused to approve more WTO ajudicators (arbitrators for disputes) so these judges are now inquorate. Trump has only accentuated the… Read more