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One pinches oneself at the news that Geoffrey Cox has been knighted only because he is so seigneurial a figure that one somehow believes he was a knight already.

But he wasn’t – so congratulations to Sir Geoffrey, as he will shortly become.  He played an important part in the struggle for Brexit, combining decidedly Eurosceptic views with commitment to the rule of law.

“This Parliament is a disgrace!” he declared in September last year (see above).  “This Parliament is a dead Parliament.  It should no longer sit.  The time is soon coming when these turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas.”  And so it proved.