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It’s 77 years since D-Day. Is a Tory dictatorship really what our brave servicemen died for?

D-Day: these British soldiers laid down their lives in Normandy – and beyond – for freedom. They would be ashamed to learn that their own country is turning into a dictatorship today.

On June 6, 1944, hundreds of thousands of brave British and Irish servicemen stormed the beaches of Normandy in an assault that would eventually end Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship in Europe.

That was 77 years ago. When they came home, most of the people involved helped elect the Labour government that created the National Health Service, among many other great institutions. And now, most of them have passed away.

I’m going to be controversial now, and suggest that it might be just as well – because if they had lived to see what Boris Johnson and his Conservatives are doing to the nation for which they so proudly fought, it would probably have killed them.

In rough figures, British casualties on D-Day totalled around 2,700. That’s roughly half the number of new Covid-19 cases recorded yesterday because Boris Johnson’s government couldn’t be bothered to take appropriate measures to keep the delta variant out of the UK.

The total number of people who died and were injured in World War II was roughly 451,000. That is fewer than the number who have died due to Conservative policies since that party came into office in 2010.

Here comes the punchline: The men who fought and died on Sword Beach and Gold Beach laid down their lives to bring Hitler and his Nazis to justice.

Boris Johnson and his Tories will never be brought to justice because they are currently legislating to put themselves above the law – forever.

Look at the way Priti Patel locks human beings in concentration camps, where they suffer in appalling conditions that have caused at least one large fire and outbreaks of Covid-19 affecting hundreds.

Look at the hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people who have died because the Tories denied them the benefit payments they deserved. Aktion T4 killed fewer.

They are imposing a dictatorship on the UK that could become worse than anything Hitler did.

How do you think our servicemen on D-Day would feel if they knew they were fighting for that?

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Tory dictatorship: MPs and Lords say attack on courts will weaken rule of law. But THEY CANNOT STOP IT

Manifesto commitment: the Conservatives made their plan to end democracy clear in their 2019 election manifesto. Every Conservative voter demanded an end to democracy and a slide into dictatorship and there is no way to stop it now.

This will make no difference at all to Boris Johnson’s plans because none of the objectors are Conservatives.

It seems a cross-party group of MPs and peers has written to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to say government plans to restrict judicial review will weaken the rule of law (and therefore harm justice).

Buckland couldn’t care less, of course. That is what these plans are supposed to do – as some of us have been saying for years.

Judicial reviews examine whether an action or decision of a public body – like the government – follows the law.

Boris Johnson was deeply embarrassed by judicial reviews that overturned his decisions to mismanage Brexit and to prorogue Parliament, back in 2019.

So he made plans to stop the courts from forcing his government to obey the law, and put them into his 2019 election manifesto.

And then every single tribal Tory headbanger in the United Kingdom voted away their right to a law-abiding democracy.

Johnson has couched his plan to end democracy in the UK with (typically) a lie: he said his plan will “restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts”.

In fact, it will enshrine in law the right of a sitting – Tory – government to do whatever it wants, by making sure the rest of us don’t have any legal power to stop it.

In their letter to Buckland, the 32 Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, SNP, Plaid Cymru, DUP and Alliance MPs stated

the proposals “would weaken both individuals and the courts, and effectively put government actions beyond the reach of the law.

“Together, these changes would make it much harder for people to put things right when mistakes are made or governments overstep their bounds. They would undermine the rule of law and the crucial principles of fairness and accountability.”

The letter said the proposals are based on a “false claim” (read: lie) by Johnson and his government that a panel led by Lord Faulks QC had found that courts in judicial review cases had become more prone “to edge away from a strictly supervisory jurisdiction”.

Faulks himself has contradicted this Tory lie. He said his panel did not identify any such “trend” and “was not ultimately convinced that judicial review needed radical reform”.

The plan to put the government above the law has been condemned by the  Bar Council, Law Society, Constitutional and Administrative Law Association, Liberty, Justice and the Public Law Project for the same reason.

The Ministry of Justice has stated: “We made a manifesto commitment to ensure the judicial review process is not open to abuse or delay, or used to conduct politics by another means.” Fine words that are not borne out by the substance of the plan.

When we consider the ways the Tories have abused the system during the Covid-19 crisis – bypassing the competitive tendering system to give contracts worth fortunes to their friends, who failed to deliver, meaning tens of thousands of lives were sacrificed for profit, we can predict what this plan will mean.

Every incompetent, corrupt and self-serving decision by Boris Johnson will carry the full force of the law, because there will be no law to stop him.

It will extinguish democracy and force you into a new dark age of dictatorship.

And while this letter of protest is a nice gesture, it is futile.

The decision was made in 2019. There is nothing you can do to stop it.

Source: Plans to restrict judicial review weaken the rule of law, MPs warn | Law | The Guardian

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The Tories have started their attack on court power and their plan to create a dictatorship

Manifesto commitment: the Conservatives made their plan to end democracy clear in their 2019 election manifesto. Every Conservative voter demanded an end to democracy and a slide into dictatorship.

We all knew this was coming because the Conservatives announced their plan to attack the so-called separation of powers that prevents our country from slipping into dictatorship back in 2019.

It was in their manifesto, which means everybody who voted for Boris Johnson and his Conservatives deliberately and knowingly supported it.

For those who have had their heads in the sand for the last two years, or have only become politically aware since the election, I’ll explain:

The separation of powers is the division of any state’s government into different branches, each with its own powers and responsibilities.

The intention is to prevent the concentration of power under any leader that would lead to a dictatorship, by providing checks and balances: each branch has power to limit or check the other two, induces them to prevent either of the other branches from becoming supreme, thereby securing political liberty.

The typical separation of powers is into three parts: a legislature (Parliament), an executive (government) and a judiciary (courts). That is what we have in the United Kingdom.

Each branch must have legitimate means to defend their own legitimate powers from those of the other branches.

But Boris Johnson’s plan – as laid out in his 2019 manifesto – is to strip the courts of their power to act as a check and balance against his government, allowing himself to enact laws that would be illegal otherwise.

Currently the courts have a mechanism known as judicial review, which allows them to decide whether decisions by government ministers or public bodies are against the law.

As it stands now, it works very well.

The courts cannot overturn Acts of Parliament; they can only rule that decisions made in the name of particular laws were wrong because either a minister did not have the power to make them, or the process leading to them was unfair or irrational – or does not conform with the Human Rights Act.

Most appeals for judicial review do not reach the courts: in 2018, 3,597 were lodged and only 218 saw the inside of a courtroom. The government went on to win half of them.

But Johnson was upset by two court decisions – on the government’s management of Brexit, and on his aborted prorogation of Parliament.

He says that the decisions of the judges meant they were acting politically, considering the merits of his government’s political decisions rather than the way those decisions were made. This is not true.

The claim that the current system allows judges to retake decisions on how a policy should operate is wrong. They don’t. They have stepped in to clarify the law after the government failed to do so – probably in an attempt to push through offences against democracy under a fuzzily-worded law – but that is not the same thing. The courts have merely acted in accordance with their power to rule whether the government acted within the bounds of its own laws or not.

So now, Johnson intends to ensuring that, when his government breaks the law in the future, the courts will not have the power either to reveal the illegality or to prevent it.

It is part of the three pillars of his manifesto that drag us into dictatorship – the other two being removal of our right to protest (in the Police Bill currently going through Parliament) and imposition of indefinite government (by repealing the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, which has not yet happened).

All were on page 48 of the Tories 2019 manifesto.

I stated in an article a week before the 2019 election:

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.

And they did demand it. More than 13 million people voted for a dictatorship – less than one-quarter of the UK’s population – but that was enough to give Johnson a mandate to end democracy here.

I added:

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

And I was right. But my words were read only by those who already knew the truth of what I was saying.

Now we’re all going to experience it, and it will be very ugly indeed.

But if you ever see a Tory complaining about the hardships that are to come, feel free to remind them:

You voted for it. You wanted it. And you got what you wanted.

Source: Right to challenge government in courts overhauled – BBC News

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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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