The Speaker has manipulated of the rules for a political objective, but the Government has been denied the opportunity to respond proportionately in kind.
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“Of course we’ll respect whatever the legal ruling from the Supreme Court is…there are different permutations to what the court may or may not decide.”
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Interview with Laing, candidate for Speaker: It’s “extraordinary” that whoever holds the office “is totally unaccountable”.
“Dignity, kindness, authority rather than bossiness, and I do believe that those things could be brought to the Chair by a woman.”
Richard Ritchie: It is futile to ask where political giants of old would have stood in today’s chaos
Over the past few decades our constitution has been so corroded that the likes of Powell, Benn, Crossman, and Foot would struggle to recognise it.
Remainer lawfare and Brexiteer backlash expose the judiciary to public and press scrutiny in unprecedented and possibly dangerous ways.
The ruling makes it much less clear which side the Supreme Court will take on Tuesday – and drags the judiciary deeper into political controversy.
Simon Fawthrop: The letter requesting a Brexit delay was sent by carrier pigeon and arrived too late? What a shame.
If Benn and others seek to bind the Prime Minister to the letter of their Surrender Bill, then he should oblige – by following it in exacting detail.
Two different conceptions of it are widely held in the UK, representative and direct. In 2019, they collide.
No, Philip Hammond’s reselection last night does not protect him from being deselected if he loses the Whip
The Party’s rules – and the history of legal challenges to them – make for grim reading for the former Chancellor.
But the odds of an early general election are shortening as each minute passes.
Stephen Laws: Leave politics to the politicians – and don’t drag the Queen or the courts into the Brexit endgame
Ultimately, all these questions are intensely political questions on which only the electorate can make a judgement – and now probably only in retrospect.
John Penrose: Pro-EU campaigners’ fury is purely about power politics, not high constitutional principle
Nor are they being entirely straight with us when they pretend they only want to stop ‘No Deal’, when in reality they want Brexit repealed entirely.
Some campaigners and commentators, particularly those who oppose Brexit, appear to have forgotten that this is a negotiation between the Government and the EU.
Henry Hill: Post-Ruth politics – the battle over her legacy will shape the future of the Scottish Tories
Davidson’s successors must not let recognition of her extraordinary achievements to turn into counter-productive myth-making and a counsel of despair.