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Thursday 12 September 2019

The top story today follows on from yesterday’s heinous ruling by Edinburgh’s Court of Session, Scotland’s highest court, that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful.

We beg to differ, as does the superior, High Court in London. There is clear legal precedent for proroguing Parliament for political motives, it is not simply a means of closing a session and triggering a Queen’s Speech. We strongly urge readers to inspect this passage from the High Court’s judgment against Gina Miller’s similar case, the key passage being:

“We have noted that under the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 and the Prorogation Act of 1867 there can be a proclamation extending the period of prorogation. Prorogation has been used by the government to gain legislative and so political advantage…”

The government will appeal and the ruling will most likely be overturned. But there’s no denying it, the Scottish court is bent.

“Many people are saying – I’m not saying this – but, many people…are saying that the judges are biased,” said business minister Kwasi Kawarteng on ITV’s Peston last night. “The judges are getting involved in politics.”

More worrying perhaps are reports in this morning’s press that the 21 Tory rebels will eventually have the whip restored. The Telegraph reports the prime minister has written to them setting out the appeals process to be brought back into the party, described as a “ray of light” by a senior party source.

Daniel Kawczynski encapsulates why this is completely unacceptable: “Party discipline is going to suffer very badly if people are allowed to vote against the Conservative government in a motion of confidence. I have said to the chief whip – if he backs down on this now, then it is setting up a green light for future MPs to trash this very important rule we have. At moments of crisis, a government expects all Conservative MPs to support it.” Spot on.

Even less encouraging is the cold shoulder the Tories are reportedly giving Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party – not a popular move with the grassroots (see above).

Nigel also appeared on Peston last night and struck back in typically honest fashion.

“I don’t want to be in government! I’m not asking to be in government,” said Farage, “All I want to do is to unite the Brexit vote in this country, to give the 17.4 million people a political vehicle whereby we can get the result of the referendum delivered.”

“Ultimately politics is about numbers, and here are the harsh facts. Without the support of the Brexit Party, Boris Johnson cannot and will not win a parliamentary majority.”

There is simply no argument against the Brexit Party leader. The Tories need to unite or fail.

Finally, Britons’ determination to unwind themselves from Brussels will only escalate as yet another corruption scandal flairs up.

Former French defence minister, Sylvie Goulard was hauled into a Paris police station on Tuesday for questioning over allegations she employed staff with European Parliament funds for roles completely unrelated to Goulard’s work in Strasbourg and Brussels during her time as an MEP.

Goulard is just one of the nominees for lucrative and powerful posts in the European Commission currently under suspicion of corruption, including the new Commission President herself, Ursula von der Leyen.

And yet the pro-EU elites here in the UK want us to stay in the rotten club. They’re as bent as those Scottish judges.