Good Law Project 1 – Government Nil

Good news is currently pretty limited but the High Court decision that the Health Secretary should have published all his PPE contracts. is certainly some. It found that:

The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary of State breached his legal obligation to publish Contract Award Notices within 30 days of the award of contracts.

The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.

Additionally the Good Law Project, which brought the case, along with the three MP’s, Caroline Lucas, Leyla Moran and Debbie Abrahams, is cleverly pressing home their advantage by sending a letter to the Health Secretary where they suggest that as the government has “committed to learning lessons” (salient points I have highlighted below – click to enlarge) it should take certain measures:

The whole letter can be read here.

Given how keen the government professes to be to ‘save taxpayers’ money’, and thus not spend it on what now look like loosing legal challenges, they’re going have quite a task to argue against these proposals…


  1. Andrew Dickie -

    Going back to your 16th of February post on “Reducing Parliament to an Irrelevance”, it would appear that our last bulwark against an overnmighty Executive is no longer Parliament, but the Law in the hands of activist lawyers in possession of a conscience based on ethics and morality.

    Little wonder, then, that our odious Home Secretary, Priti Patel should inveigh against “activist lawyers” (turning what should be a compliment into a pejorative expletive!).

    Equally little wonder, in view of the significance of the judgment, that the Government plans to curtail access to, and the power of, judicial review, with a barely hidden ulterior objective of clipping the wings of the judiciary.

    “Fiat justitia, at ruat caelum” (Let justice be done, even if the sky falls in! – or “if things fall apart”), and “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance!”, are two watchwords we should bear close to our hearts.

    We should also laud campaigns such as the Good Law Project, which can hold the pass, like Leonidas at Thermopylae, allowing to forces behind them time to regroup and recapture power from an overnighty Executive, notably unconcerned with the common good.

    1. Peter May -

      You’re right – it’s not just the pandemic that’s frightening – it’s our own government!

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