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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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An Attack on Law and Democracy

Boot Treading on Justice

The hatred of Brexit is so great that it seems its opponents are happy to destroy not just the rule of law, but democracy itself in their quest for vengeance.

Those who deny this, should read the Guardian newspaper Opinion piece 13th June 2023 Titled "Brexit was Johnson and Johnson was Brexit. Now that he has gone, Britain must think again" Its sub title reads "The disgraced former PM and our disastrous exit from the EU were umbilically linked. His fall presents a precious opportunity". Ever since the referendum the opponents of democracy have waged an unrelenting war. They have accused democrats of lies and those who voted leave of everything from ignorant knuckle dragging stupidity to senility. Now, claiming a major scalp will encourage and embolden them.

Boris Johnson delivered Brexit (his greatest crime) he is hugely popular (his second crime). He also dealt with a pandemic, got us a vaccine first and was first to support Ukraine. Yes, there were mistakes. With the benefit of hindsight he should have ignored the scientist and followed Sweden in the Covid response. Those who criticise have short memories. The whole world, apart from Sweden, took the 'scientists' doom predictions at face value. Some including the Labour party wanted an even more Draconian response. I do not criticise him for his covid response. I do for his green agenda that in my view, is mistaken and will do great harm to the country.

Downing Street is, apparently, a rabbit warren. People are crammed in and during lockdowns were working long hours in cramped conditions. I assume the Chief Medical officer, a frequent visitor, was aware of and approved whatever mitigation was in place. The nub of the case is that on returning to his office, Boris was waylaid by staff who ushered him into a room. There was a birthday cake and bottle of wine. They sang Happy Birthday (it was his birthday) he said thank you and left without eating. Compare that to Kier Starmer who travelled from London to Durham together with his deputy Angela Rayner (who was not there until she was). He ordered in takeaway food and beer. He claimed that the event, hundreds of miles from his office, was a 'Work event'. The Met Police fined Johnson for not eating cake. The Durham police did not fine Starmer, Rayner and their fellow partygoers. One could be forgiven for smelling a rat.

The Commons Privileges Committee chaired by Harriet Harman has just issued its report. Harman and her Deputy Jenkins are on record as having prejudged the issue before the hearings began. In law they should have recused themselves. The committee ignored due process to the point that they were admonished by Lord Pannick KC for doing so. (Taking secret disposition and refusing the accused the right to both know his accuser(s) and to cross examine them.)

The Show Trial for that is what it was, was conducted even before it started to 'get' Boris. Harman seems to have channelled Roland Freisler in her determination to destroy Johnson's career. Jenkins playing Madame DeFarge gleefully supported her. Their petty machinations are shameful. More than that, they attack and undermine the two fundamental pillars of our society. Justice and Democracy. If the House of Commons votes to accept this travesty it will be telling the people that they no longer count. By supporting what is so plainly a biased hatchet job they will make it clear that our present political parties are no longer fit for purpose. Well may they smirk with self satisfaction behind their sanctimonious facades. They should remember that "He who laughs last laughs best". They may well have dealt the present political set up a terminal blow. We may yet be grateful for their prejudice. 

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