rule of law Archive

  • A circular argument

    The high court bench has retired now to consider its judgment in the case of whether parliament has a say in triggering article 50. If not, the government can take the UK out of the European Union without a parliamentary vote. Andrew Blick makes the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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  • Vince Cable: A transition from governance built around nation states

    What will be the most important priority for the future well-being of both people and our planet? Making a transition from governance built around nation states to one with a strong system of global rules to deal with shared problems such as climate change and […]

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  • Keeping the government within the law

    A previous blog post has noted the importance of the government not only making the law but adhering to the law itself.  In our conception of the rule of law, it is essential that this applies to the most powerful institutions in the land as […]

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  • The worst day in history

    Today is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, when the invading army led by James IV of Scotland into England met with disaster on the Northumbrian fells.  A better armed and better led English force triumphed on the day, the last major battle […]

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  • Create court for Syria judgment

    In the Independent, 3 September 2013 Amid all the arguments over whether and in what circumstances military action against Syria might be in accordance with international law, do not forget that there is at present no means of definitively answering the question. There should be […]

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  • Does the government obey the law?

    It must hurt when, in government, you are defeated by the opposition.  Still more so when you thought you had the votes lined up on your side, but you never can tell how events will unfold.  One government minister feeling this way must be Iain […]

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  • Syria: the next best thing

    He’d lost the debate before he even opened his mouth.  To summon back Britain’s MPs from the four corners of the earth during the summer recess needs an urgent case: committing British military forces to immediate action is one such, whereas committing to wait for […]

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  • History is bunk

    Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster docks in Gibraltar so that the British government can show it is not going to be intimidated by Spanish protests at the border.  Spain, which lays claim to the sovereignty of Gibraltar, objects to the creation by the Gibraltarian government […]

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  • What should parking pay for?

    Away from the big picture of world trade and globalisation, let’s look at the important issue of parking charges.  What should it cost to park a car outside your house?  And, more importantly, who decides? For example, a recent increase in parking charges in the […]

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