There is plenty of reason to check that the Government’s ones have been giving sound legal advice to ministers. Too often, it has been wrong.
Posts by Bernard Jenkin MP
Bernard Jenkin is Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee and MP for Harwich.Follow @
Bernard Jenkin: Conservatives will have no patience with MPs who seek to wreck the EU Withdrawal Bill
The guts of this Bill is about converting EU law, as it applies in the UK, into statute law as neatly as possible, creating the minimum of disruption. That is all.
Bernard Jenkin: The MPs’ Code of Conduct. We need clearer principles, and more discussion about values. Not just more rules.
There are slender means for discussion, coaching and mentoring us about the particular dangers and pressures of public life.
A change in attitudes and atmosphere at CCHQ is the vital foundation for any lasting and effective reform.
And much of this material is propaganda – not fact.
Instructions given to civil servants contravene the Cabinet Manual, the Ministerial Code, the European Referendum Act 2015 and the precedent from 1975.
We will not be “bombing Syria”, but attacking carefully identified terrorist targets in the worst example of an “ungoverned space” that the modern world has seen.
Bernard Jenkin MP: The EU crisis. An opportunity for a fundamental renegotiation – or should we just start the No campaign now?
The Prime Minister was demanding “proper full-on treaty change”. Now we are told that we may have to accept a mere promise of it.
The two battered main parties would do well to speak honestly about the challenges and costs we face.
The Cabinet Secretary told my committee that contingency planning was actually banned by the Government.