A Sinister, Nebulous Shadow Government Is Holding Brexit Hostage, by James Delingpole.
Today’s decision by Britain’s Supreme Court is shocking but not remotely surprising. … Ostensibly, the court’s ruling concerned the legality of Johnson’s prorogation of parliament. In reality, it was yet another power play by the Remainer Establishment which for over three years now has done everything it possibly can to frustrate the democratically expressed wish of the British people to leave the European Union. …
In the four days in which parliament did sit before its prorogation, the Speaker abused his power to give the Opposition control of the parliamentary agenda and to railroad through a bill that normally could never have been passed in so short a space. This bill effectively made it a criminal offence for Boris Johnson to deliver a proper, full, No Deal Brexit. …
At the moment, though, even the notion of a general election is academic. That’s because the complexities of the Fixed Term Parliament Act — one of the many stupid legacies of David Cameron’s coalition with the Liberal Democrats — means that Johnson can only engineer an election via a vote of No Confidence in his own government. The Labour opposition refuses to oblige him with this No Confidence vote because its MPs know that many of them will lose their seats and secretly fear the British public deeply disagree with them. So currently, it’s stalemate.
A slow-motion anti-democratic coup is taking place in the UK:
The Supreme Court is a very unBritish and very recent institution — a hangover from the Tony Blair era, established as recently as 2005 — designed to realign Britain’s old-established legal system with the more modish (as Blair would have seen it) and EU friendly Continental model. With this decision, it has peremptorily arrogated to itself the most extraordinary powers to meddle in areas hitherto considered beyond its purview.
It is, as Peter Hitchens has noted, a form of judicial activism.
In the US there are checks and balances to this kind of judicial activism, with potential Supreme Court candidates being scrutinised on issues like their character and political bias.
[In the UK] the 11 justices of the Supreme Court are subject to little such scrutiny. Hitherto, Britain’s political and legal institutions have been run and regulated on the basis that their denizens will act in good faith, rather than — like the Supreme Court today — like activists for their preferred political cause.
This is very worrying for the future of British democracy.
As Brendan O’Neill rightly points out at Spiked, it is close to tyranny:
What we have seen emerge via this judgement is a borderline tyrannical layer in British politics. A layer that stands above everyone and everything, including the government itself. A layer of unrepresentative, unaccountable individuals who have now presumed the authority to strike down actual government decisions. This instantly weakens any future government’s claim to moral and political authority and their basic ability to relate to parliament, to negotiate treaties, and to act on the will of the people. The precedent set today is that any of that might potentially be subject to the higher, apparently wiser judgement of politicised courts. It is an outrage.
It is staggering just how political, how uninhibited, the judgement was. …
There is now a shadow government running Britain:
Britain is now in thrall to a shadow government. The official, democratically elected one headed by Boris Johnson has been hamstrung and sidelined by a nebulous and utterly unscrupulous Remainer Establishment which has used every dirty trick in the book to stop Brexit happening. It legislates from the backbenches free from scrutiny and refuses a general election that would allow the British people to pass judgement on a Parliament spectacularly out of step with the country.
The British people voted for Brexit, in large part to stop being run by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. Now they find that unelected judges in Britain assist a Parliament that refuses to face the voters. At every turn, the will of the people is being thwarted by unelected bureaucrats or globalists.
Maybe democracy is a sham now. For years we’ve been pointing out that the globalists rather don’t like democracy, because they rather don’t like “deplorables.” Events in the UK have made it plain. The people voted for Brexit, but any attempt to implement it is thwarted. Britain is still ruled by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
The UK Parliament is a joke now. The remainers are the majority, but they dare not vote no confidence in the ostensible Government because that would trigger an election. The opposition is advocating policies that the vast majority of traditional Britain loathe, and in any case would hold another referendum on Brexit.
Perhaps the current Parliament has to be timed out. Stalemate until the next election, due in 2022.
From the Government’s election material before the 2016 referendum: