Drop the Dead Donkey S04e011


Kenneth Campbell QC: Wightman v Secretary of State: Article 50 and Parliamentary Privilege

UK Constitutional Law Association


Litigation about Brexit continues to throw light on constitutional principles, both new and well-established. In the case of Wightman & others, petitioners [2018] CSOH 61, advised on 8 June 2018, the Court of Session was called upon to consider whether the UK’s Article 50 notification could be unilaterally revoked by the UK in good faith such that the UK could continue to be a member of the European Union after 29 March 2019 on the same terms and conditions as it presently enjoys.

In refusing to make a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) and dismissing the petition for judicial review, Lord Boyd considered the issue was hypothetical because there was in fact no suggestion the notification would be revoked. His Lordship also considered several aspects of Parliamentary privilege, and commented on the proper boundary between the legal and the political parts of constitutional…

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Weather Dependent Wind Power: Leaves Hurricane Victims Powerless


Oh, the irony.

In one breath we’re told that the climate is changing so rapidly – although, these days, most climate alarmists don’t seem prepared to lay a bet on whether things are getting hotter or colder – that carpeting the world in wind turbines and solar panels – which cultists believe will solve the ‘problem’ – is a matter of the most pressing urgency.

Then, we’re being told by the likes of Australia’s most notorious wind power outfit, Infigen that it can’t spin a dollar because of ‘poor wind conditions’; not just once, but year, after meteorologically miserable, year.

The thing about irony and its cousin, sarcasm, is its ability to make idiots look like idiots, without them realising it.

It’s this simple, really: when your power supply depends wholly upon the weather, expect it to vary entirely at the whims of Mother Nature.

Which brings us to this…

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The Palestinian protests the BBC preferred to ignore

BBC Watch

On June 13th BBC Arabic reporter Nida Ibrahim sent the following tweet:

The story behind that tweet is as follows:

“Palestinian Authority Security Forces broke up protests in Ramallah on Wednesday night, after a week of rare public displays of opposition to the Palestinian leadership. Demonstrators called for an end to sanctions on the Gaza Strip, blaming PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the PA for its role in isolating the Hamas-run enclave.

PA Security Forces – which include numerous layers of police, plainclothes officers, riot police and more heavily armed units – sought to prevent a mass protest by Palestinians in central Ramallah. They erected “flying checkpoints” at entrances to Ramallah, according to tweets by activist Mariam Barghouti. A group of predominantly young men and women chanted “Freedom, freedom,” as police used stun grenades and physical force to remove them, Barghouti wrote. “Downtown Ramallah is like a war zone…

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Board quotes miss the driving mechanism


More creative destruction