A Government out of its depth

cy3x5ftwgaaealqThe Attorney General, Jeremy Wright appears to be out of his depth, or else he is being undermined by people in the Government to which he belongs. When the Referendum was being planned, no one expected Brexit to be adopted. That is evident to all of us. Had leaving the EU been seen as a credible outcome, then the referendum itself in terms of its wording and more critically its status as an advisory or binding referendum would have been debated and agreed upon with much more fervor than was the case. However all of that is passed. We have what we have and the Government along with the rest of the nation must accept that. To try to brief the Judges in the Supreme Court as though they don’t understand the law is deeply worrying, coming from someone who was a full time Barrister for a mere 9 years and has been non practicing for the last 3 years. Since the paper was published on Monday, we now know that Jeremy’s boss has conceded that the Commons must have a debate and be told about the strategy. That is excellent news for those of us who believe in democracy. Sadly a great deal of time and public money has been wasted as the Court case and other attempts have been made to point out to the Government what real parliamentary sovereignty is meant to look like. The headline should read:

Don’t defy the people and their Parliament, Theresa May told

It would be fantastic if Jeremy and Theresa had the guts to apologise for spending our money fighting a court case that they could not possibly win and which they did not need to deal with if they had acted along the lines of Parliamentary democracy and the words of the referendum bill itself. I won’t hold my breath.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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One Response to A Government out of its depth

  1. Daniel Pritchard says:

    Absolutely right Ian. The Government failed to do their job properly when preparing for the referendum. They cannot be allowed now to put the responsibility onto others for correcting their mistakes., or blame others for their own incompetence… This matter should take its course and the law lords allowed to do their job without interference.

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