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PostUK Supreme Court to Issue Judgment on Prorogation (David Pike, France, 09/23/19 3:06 am)
And so the UK Supreme Court issues its ruling this Tuesday, September 24. Specifically, it chooses between the ruling of the Scottish High Court, stating that the Johnson Government was out of order in proroguing Parliament, and the English High Court, that insisted that the issue was political and outside the domain of the courts--a neutral position that clearly favoured the Johnson government. What position will the UK Supreme Court take? The Court may fear that this is a precedent that could bring the Court into many a political issue in the future. But in my opinion it has no choice.
In 1688 England (not yet Britain) decided to put an end to 48 years of political turmoil by investing all power in Parliament, under a sovereign monarch. The Sovereign would have no power at all except for all the power that was invested in the Crown. This meant that no one could take over Parliament, or the Army, or the Courts, because their allegiance was to the Crown.
I trust that the Supreme Court will spare the Sovereign having to take any part in this at all.
JE comments: David, are most pundits predicting the Court will side with Johnson (meaning, uphold the English High Court's decision)? Please check in with us tomorrow when the ruling comes out.
After Supreme Court Rebuke, Will BoJo Resign?
(David Pike, France
09/24/19 7:09 AM)
The UK Elders have spoken. But prior to the vote of the UK Supreme Court, I saw no evidence, as John E surmised, that "most pundits were siding with Johnson" (JE, Sep. 22). Quite the contrary.
A few hours before the Supreme Court announced its verdict, a BBC reporter interviewed Boris Johnson. I could imagine any Brexit supporter concluding, "Our leader is a nitwit." What BoJo does is endlessly repeat the same tired phrases. Just as he had no answer in Yorkshire when asked by a supporter, "What are doing here in Leeds and Morley, You should be negotiating in Brussels," so all he could say today to the BBC reporter was, "Once we get it done, on October 31, we can all relax and move forward together. All this fever, all this division, in the Party, in the country, all of that will vanish in a week. We have to get behind the movement, all of us, and get the job done. We need to move forward. Now. Together." Over the cliff.
A leader of Brexit with a brain would set out to reassure the doubters. "We have stockpiled two years of the medicines we need to import. We have worked out trade agreements with the 27 countries still remaining in the EU, or the agreements are in the mail. We have the goodwill of the US President and the US Congress. The talk of problems with imports/exports at the docks is empty talk. It's all been worked out in advance. We're not imposing tariffs on our imports from EU, and I know they would hate to impose tariffs on our exports. We could have a rough moment, but we have it all figured out, and we're publishing a blueprint this very day."
How totally unconvincing all his talk has been. So how will Boris respond now? My guess is that Boris, bereft of support, will be forced to resign--and then he'll talk of the traitors among us.
Or he could choose another career. He is the opposite of Trump. Boris has a considerable intellect, with a second-class honours degree in Classics from Oxford. His choice of adviser, his Rasputin, has been Dominic Cummings, also of Oxford, and with a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History. They could team up in something academic.
Or Boris could find a way to laugh it all off. After all, what he wanted as a boy was to be "king of the world." All the world loves a clown. BoJo is a clown by nature, and he'll always find a home in entertainment.
JE comments: Appreciate the update, David. I find myself clicking on the news every half hour or so, to see if BoJo has quit. It's now already 4:30 PM in London, so I'll focus on something else until tomorrow.
Let's not forget that BoJo was born in New York City. If he finds himself out of work in the Old Country, he can always try politics here.