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Brexiteers have handed direct rule of the UK to Tory ministers and advisers – NOT Parliament

They’re laughing at you really: Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson are using Little Englanders’ hatred of Europe to force on the UK a dictatorship worse than anything we’ve ever had from Brussels.

So much for democracy.

Remember all that “Take back control” tripe Brexiteers like Dominic Cummings were force-feeding us, during the EU referendum campaign?

It seems they weren’t advocating a return to democratic rule by Parliament. Instead the UK is to be ruled with decrees by people like – guess who? – Dominic Cummings.

The facts are in a forensic analysis of every bit of legislation passed and going through Parliament to change the law after Brexit becomes a reality on January 1 next year, by the House of Lords Constitution committee.

New Acts of Parliament covering covering agriculture, money laundering, immigration, trade, taxation, reciprocal health agreements and even the granting of road haulage licences will give power over these matters directly to Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and advisers like Cummings.

The Bills create statutory instruments – otherwise known as “Henry VIII powers” – allowing ministers to change the law by decree, meaning they make the changes without bothering with a Parliamentary vote. In some cases, they won’t even have to inform other MPs.

The Agriculture Bill alone creates 40 of these “Henry VIII powers” – including power to define new criminal offences with unlimited fines.

One new power on export and import duties will allow ministers to change the law by public notice – meaning they will simply pin up a sign somewhere, saying that the law has been changed.

And there won’t be a thing your elected MP can do about it.

In his article about this, David Hencke makes an excellent deduction:

If Waitrose followed what it said it will do and clearly label chlorinated chicken a government minister could just change the law by decree, making it illegal to do so. And if Waitrose disobeyed they could face unlimited fines.

Think about that.

To facilitate a trade deal with the United States, your Tory government – voted in because people were desperate for Brexit – could force supermarkets to sell you, and force you to eat, diseased meat.

Remember when we were told Brexit would end EU bureaucracy that saddled the UK with thousands of unwanted rules and regulations?

Now read this [boldings mine]:

The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill [gives ministers] well over 150 separate powers to make tax law for individuals and businesses. These laws made by Ministers will run to thousands of pages. The Treasury’s delegated powers memorandum, which sets out in detail all these law-making powers, alone runs to 174 pages.”

Even legislation delegated to the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not safe from Tory interference as ministers are also taking powers to override those laws, as well as to interfere in what EU-adopted case law can be used to decide new cases in tribunals and lower courts.

All of these dictatorial powers will be handed over to Johnson, Gove and Cummings by Parliament because the UK electorate handed Johnson’s Conservatives a massive 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.

And the reason voters gave them that massive majority was Brexit.

Little did these Little Englanders know that they were taking power away from an elected organisation and handing it to a tiny cabal of Tory dictators instead.

“Taking back control”?

They’ve thrown it all away.

Source: Welcome to your new rulers: UK Commissioners Gove, Johnson and Cummings | Westminster Confidential

Michael Howard launches Tory assault on the rule of law

Dictator Boris Johnson: He’s already making the hand signals. Next he’ll be designing his own uniform.

A failed former Conservative leader has launched his party’s attack on the rule of law by claiming that judges are corrupt.

Michael Howard said judges sometimes “distort” the law they are interpreting “to reach the result they want to achieve”.

Interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think that judges have increasingly substituted their own view of what is right for the view of Parliament and of ministers.”

There is no objective basis for his comments.

I mean, what is he implying? That all the judges in the Supreme Court are Labour supporters? How ridiculous!

The Conservative government wants to end the rule of law in the UK because Boris Johnson was upset by a court decision that his attempt to prorogue Parliament earlier this year was illegal.

The Supreme Court was absolutely right in its decision, which was based on the law of the United Kingdom, and on evidence about Mr Johnson’s attempted prorogation.

But Mr Johnson believes that his Conservative government should be able to do whatever it likes – including breaking the law.

So he needs to undermine the legal framework that protects us all from the dictatorship – because that’s what it is – that he intends to impose.

And that is the reason Lord Howard has attacked the judges of the Supreme Court.

It seems likely that the Johnson government will try to change the way judges are appointed, making them subject to political patronage.

This would be an enormous act of hypocrisy, as Lord Howard’s argument is that judges are already too political.

But Boris Johnson won’t care. With a massive Parliamentary majority, nobody can stop him.

He can do whatever he fancies.

He just wants to make sure enough voters are persuaded by paper-thin arguments like those of Lord Howard.

And he won’t have any trouble with it, will he?

After all, he went into the general election on a similarly flimsy claim – and look how many voters were duped into supporting that!

Source: Michael Howard: Judges sometimes ‘distort’ the law to reach result they want – BBC News

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#Page48 – we need to talk about the Tory plan to impose a dictatorship on us

Further information is on Twitter: #page48

It’s the top trend on Twitter today – but strangely the BBC doesn’t mention it on its website, despite having discussed it on Newsnight yesterday.

I refer of course to page 48 of the Conservative Party manifesto: Boris Johnson’s plan to end democracy in the UK and install a dictatorship, with him as the head fascist.

It is couched in words that almost make the plan seem reasonable – Tories often try to lull voters into false security.

So while the manifesto states: “We will get rid of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – it has led to paralysis at a time the country needed decisive action,” it means: We will impose an indefinite Conservative government.

While it states: “We will ensure that judicial review is available to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays,” it means: We will impose a Conservative dictatorship that the courts cannot stop from acting illegally.

And while it states: “We will update the Human Rights Act and administrative law to ensure that there is a proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government,” it means: We will remove your right to protest against our dictatorship and if you try to stop us, we will use the police and the armed forces to PUT YOU DOWN.

If you vote Conservative on December 12, that is what you are demanding.

The above clip shows the Tories don’t want to talk about it. They know what it means and they want to point you in any other direction.

But it seems the cat is out of the bag.

https://twitter.com/JackkJazz/status/1202411931648319489

The message is clear:

A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to end the rule of law.

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Corbyn’s Labour can’t be blamed if Johnson uses Yellowhammer to launch a coup. Here’s why…

Jeremy Corbyn is not Boris Johnson: and he wouldn’t enable that man to start a dictatorship – unlike his forerunner Tony Blair.

Apparently it is possible for Boris Johnson to use Tony Blair’s Civil Contingencies Act to bypass democracy in the case of a “no deal” Brexit.

It seems some people – you know, media/Establishment types – want to use that connection to smear the current Labour Party as dictatorship-enablers, if it comes to that.

Fortunately, Beastrabban is around to put a stop to all that – at least for those who read his criminally-neglected site which you can find here.

He states that the CCA

allows the government to bypass parliament and over-ride existing legislation by having “a senior Minister of the Crown” issue “temporary emergency regulations”, valid for 30-day renewable stretches. It even enables habeas corpus to be over-ridden – as well as the Bill of Rights, the succession ot the monarchy, the five-year time limit on parliaments and the checks on a prime minister’s power to appoint an unlimited number of peers.

Compare this with the behaviour of the Nazis after the Reichstag fire in the 1930s:

[They declared] a state of emergency, and immediately seized power. In the following weeks the other parties and the trade unions were banned, Hitler declared Fuhrer, and the anti-Semitic legislation put in place. Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps.

But this cannot be used against the current Labour Party because it was passed by Tony Blair:

Blair was a Thatcherite, and his policies reflected the demands of the right-wing political and industrial elite. He ignored the party’s base in favour of political donors, who were allowed to shape government policy and even staff government departments. He obeyed the City’s demands for light financial regulation, listened to the same right-wing think tanks and private healthcare companies that influenced Peter Lilley and John MajorAnd he was also guided by the right-wing, Tory press, particularly Murdoch’s vile rags.

Since then, however, the leadership of the Labour party has changed. And Jeremy Corbyn has a very strong record of voting against the government, including Blair’s. If anyone can be trusted to block the operation of this pernicious legislation, it’s him.

If you want further information about the loyalties of Tony Blair…

Blair was also anti-democratic in that he tried to pass legislation establishing secret courts, in which the normal laws of evidence did not apply if the government decided that it was for reasons of national security. The press and public were to be excluded from these trials. Defendants and their counsel need not be told, contrary to natural justice, who their accuser was or what the evidence against them was.

But Blair was not alone in trying to pass this. When they got in, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition actually did it.

And the coalition also removed the right of habeas corpus.

So much for the Tories’ and Lib Dems’ concern to preserve  constitutional government and Britons’ historic civil liberties.

That pretty much puts the seal on Tony Blair’s loyalties – and on the reasons we should all ensure Boris Johnson never has a chance to invoke the CCA. Right?

Source: Johnson’s Yellowhammer Coup – Prepared by New Labour? | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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Gove has implied Dictator Johnson may ignore the most important part of the UK’s constitution

Partners in crime? Boris Johnson may ignore the sovereign will of Parliament in his desperation to force the UK into a “no deal” Brexit – and it seems Michael Gove will help him all the way.

If you didn’t know already, please take note that in the United Kingdom, Parliament is the supreme legal authority. It is sovereign – not the government of the day.

Parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle of the UK’s constitution – as the parliament.uk website makes clear.

So when Michael Gove told Andrew Marr that Boris Johnson’s government may ignore Parliamentary decisions that the Dictator doesn’t like, it is clear that we now have a potentially criminal administration.

Notice how Gove steamrolled over Mr Marr’s attempts to ask further questions, as well. He didn’t want to be nailed down, which suggests that the decision has already been made.

It has not been welcomed.

Professor Brian Cox (the TV scientist) exclaimed on Twitter: “This statement – that the government may decide not to obey the law – confirms that the current minority government is dangerous. Every MP with integrity from any party must stop them this coming week. This is no longer about Brexit – that can be dealt with afterwards.”

He was absolutely right. A criminal government cannot be tolerated and must be stopped.

“Folks, this is what dictatorships look and sound like,” tweeted the account dedicated to the late, great Labour activist and author Harry Leslie Smith.

But Owen Jones put a brighter spin on it: “If any good is coming from the Boris Johnson era – which I realise is a desperate start to a sentence – it’s lots of liberals waking up to how fundamentally broken and undemocratic the system actually is.”

So we are left facing a potentially cataclysmic week in UK politics.

First we will find out if Parliament will gain the right to set the agenda via a “section 24” motion.

Then we must see if a Bill ruling out a “no deal” Brexit is passed.

And finally, will the government abide by such a law?

But the most fundamental question of all must surely be: What will we do if Boris Johnson refuses to accept the sovereign will of Parliament and tries to dictate what the UK does? If he actually does assume the role of dictator, how do we stop him?

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No confidence over ‘no deal’: The start of a Tory disintegration – or the end of UK democracy?

The Queen: Will she have to use her constitutional role to rid us of Boris Johnson, if he refuses to honour the threatened vote of ‘no confidence’ over his ‘no deal’ Brexit.

That didn’t take long! The Conservative Party appears to be falling apart over Boris Johnson’s plan for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Some are siding with Dominic Grieve and threatening to support Jeremy Corbyn in an early vote of ‘no confidence’ against Mr Johnson if ‘no deal’ seems the most likely outcome when Parliament re-convenes in September.

But Dominic Cummings, BoJob’s senior advisor, has apparently claimed that Mr Johnson will simply ignore the result of such a vote if it goes against him.

This is unconstitutional – dictatorial, in fact.

If a confidence vote goes against Mr Johnson, Parliament will have 14 days to form an alternative government, according to the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, with a cross-party “government of national unity” strongly suggested.

But Mr Cummings apparently reckons BoJob would call a general election, framing it in populist terms as being “people v politicians”.

He wants to put us on a slippery slide towards fascism, it seems.

One of the so-called 14 early warning signs of fascism is the identification of enemies as a unifying cause. In this case, with the enemies being politicians opposing Mr Johnson, it seems he would set us on a path to totalitarianism.

The obsession with Brexit would tick off another entry on that list – “powerful and continuing nationalism”.

It has been suggested that Mr Johnson would not be required to step down after losing a confidence vote, and the timetable of anything that follows would be set by him.

But others have claimed that refusal to honour the result of such a vote would require the Queen to step in and dispense of his services herself.

That would be ironic – a man who is asserting the ‘divine right of kings’ to do what he wants being removed by the person who actually has that right.

Source: Dominic Cummings takes swipe at Grieve over confidence vote plan | Politics | The Guardian

Who says the Tories’ anti-democratic changes to Parliament are legal? We need a judicial review

Theresa May (left) with Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP. These two think they have stitched up democracy; let’s see what the courts think of that [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

Let’s have a judicial review on the minority Tory government’s decisions to give itself the power to alter primary legislation without votes in Parliament, and to stuff public bill committees with Conservatives in order to control the debates.

Remember when the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013, which retrospectively legalised the Tory/Liberal Democrat Coalition’s actions in forcing benefit claimants to do unpaid work, was ruled illegal after a judicial review?

That legislation had been passed after the rules forcing claimants to stack shelves for companies like Poundland had been ruled inadmissible by a previous judicial review.

There are other examples of judicial reviews showing up Tory legislation as failing to meet the required standard.

So why not examine the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the same way, if it is passed into law? How about examining the vote on committee membership now?

It seems to This Writer that any decision by Parliament to disregard the democratic will of the people by granting one political party over-representation on public bill committees must be wrong in law.

And a decision to allow ministers to change primary legislation – laws that had to be voted onto the statute book by MPs – using statutory instruments must also be in breach.

Let a judge decide.


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Tories demand changes to Brexit Bill in line with Labour’s demands – after supporting it at the vote

MPs voted on the European Union (withdrawal) bill at midnight [Image: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images].

Read through the changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill proposed by Dominic Grieve, John Penrose and others, and you will see that they agree with Labour’s reasoned amendment to it.

But they voted down that amendment. Why? Spite?

It seems to This Writer that they simply couldn’t bear to admit that the Bill is no damn good and should be rejected, to be replaced by one that supports the fundamental principles of democracy that the UK brought into the world, rather than scrapping them.

Look at the Labour amendment:

“This House respects the EU referendum result and recognises that the UK will leave the EU, believes that insisting on proper scrutiny of this Bill and its proposed powers is the responsibility of this sovereign Parliament, recognises the need for considered and effective legislation to preserve EU-derived rights, protections and regulations in UK law as the UK leaves the EU but declines to give a Second Reading to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill because the Bill fails to protect and reassert the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty by handing sweeping powers to Government Ministers allowing them to bypass Parliament on key decisions, allows for rights and protections to be reduced or removed through secondary legislation without any meaningful or guaranteed Parliamentary scrutiny, fails to include a presumption of devolution which would allow effective transfer of devolved competencies coming back from the EU to the devolved administrations and makes unnecessary and unjustified alterations to the devolution settlements, fails to provide certainty that rights and protections will be enforced as effectively in the future as they are at present, risks weakening human rights protections by failing to transpose the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law, provides no mechanism for ensuring that the UK does not lag behind the EU in workplace protections and environmental standards in the future and prevents the UK implementing strong transitional arrangements on the same basic terms we currently enjoy, including remaining within a customs union and within the Single Market.”

The Tories agree with most of that.

Of course democracy was undermined by the decision of seven Labour MPs – Ronnie Campbell, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Kelvin Hopkins, John Mann, Dennis Skinner and Graham Stringer – to back the Bill, claiming that it is the will of the people. Caroline Flint abstained for the same reason.

It is not the will of the people. It was never our will to throw away democracy and let Tory ministers jigger with our rights and protections to suit themselves.

But that’s what Theresa May wants us all to think. Have you heard what she said about the vote?

She called it a “historic decision to back the will of the British people” and said the vote would give clarity and certainty through the Brexit process.

Tripe.

With discussion now to be based on a deeply flawed and fundamentally dictatorial piece of legislation, anybody arguing for democracy will have an extremely difficult time of it, especially with “party within the Tory party” the European Research Group supporting the switch to dictatorship.

The vast majority of UK citizens will have absolutely no right to say anything about what happens next. We just have to watch as, instead of returning democracy to the UK, the Tories hand it over to a tiny number of their own people.

Because this is what we wanted. Right?

Conservative MPs have warned Theresa May that their support for her government’s Brexit legislation is not unconditional, as they demanded significant changes to the EU withdrawal bill within minutes of backing it.

Parliament’s post-midnight vote resulted in the prime minister facing no rebellion from within her party, as the government secured a victory of 326 to 290.

Significantly, the former attorney general Dominic Grieve teamed up with his Tory colleague John Penrose, to warn against a power grab by ministers through so-called Henry VIII powers.

Penrose argues that he and Grieve want two key changes to the bill. First they are calling for a joint committee of the Lords and Commons to scrutinise the government’s planned use of the new powers, which could force parliamentary debates in the few cases where it was thought necessary.

They also want to limit the “wriggle room which ministers are given” during the process.

Grieve also planned to lay down other amendments including calling for a further bill to be required after MPs know what the Brexit deal looks like before this legislation can actually be enacted. He also criticised the removal of safeguards for people or businesses adversely affected by the application of EU law.

Meanwhile, the Brexiter Edward Leigh argued for the government to take a magnanimous approach on Brexit, both inside parliament and towards European allies and to the demands of Scottish politicians.

He said that Brexit supporters had long argued for parliamentary sovereignty called on May to be generous with amendments.

Source: Brexit bill: senior Conservatives warn May after vote for second reading | Politics | The Guardian


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Dismal day for democracy as Commons supports #ToryPowerGrab Bill

Theresa May is laughing at you, because she is one step closer to eliminating your rights, as enshrined in EU law.

The House of Commons has supported a Bill to throw away democracy and let a minority Conservative government tinker with the laws that protect our rights.

The result of 326 votes to 290 against – a majority of 36 – was a huge majority in favour of the EU Withdrawal Bill for a government that, on paper, shouldn’t be able to get anything through.

We can assume that the DUP has helped, despite the question mark hanging over the Tory bribe of £1 (£1.5?) billion to the far-right Northern Irish party.

But there is also the question of Labour turncoats who supported the Bill, claiming that they were following the will of the people after the EU referendum. In fact, they are doing nothing of the sort.

If the Bill had been defeated, the government would have had to devise a new one – perhaps one that considered democracy the better way, rather than the dictatorship being pushed at us now.

This is only the Second Reading of the Bill, and it should be remembered that detailed discussions are to follow in the Committee Stage, that may see amendments being made that could change all our minds. But will they?

The list showing how MPs voted has not been published at the time of writing. When it is, I’ll try to publish it here.

I would strongly urge anybody who believes in democracy to check how your MP voted and, if they supported the Bill, contact them and demand to know why they are trying to turn the Mother of Parliaments into the Mother of Dictatorships.

And publicise their answers in the local press and on the social media.


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Labour MPs: You are voting against the EU Withdrawal Bill because it insults democracy, not because of Brexit

Didn’t get the memo: Caroline Flint.

As I write this, time is ticking down to the symbolic first vote on Brexit-related legislation – and it seems some MPs and media commentators are trying to stir up dissent among the Labour ranks.

Caroline Flint, a Labour backbencher, has said she will vote with the government on the bill, which aims to remove democracy from any EU-related lawmaking and make it possible for Tory ministers to change or scrap those laws as they please, using secondary legislation.

Perhaps Ms Flint – oh, and Frank Field, apparently – didn’t get the memo. Here’s a handy, Labour-made video to remind them:

Other MPs are lining up to say they’ll vote against this despicable bid to turn the loss of the Tory majority at the general election into a Conservative dictatorship. Here are just a few of their comments:

Any Labour MP who is considering siding with the Tories on this, using the flimsy pretext that it is the only way to support the referendum decision to leave the EU, should reconsider – as should any Conservative, SNP, Liberal Democrat or other MP who values democracy above dictatorship.

They have minutes left to decide.


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