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Originally posted on UK Constitutional Law Association:
Constitutions do many things. They distribute authority amongst public bodies, enshrine important points of substantive principle, and cement relationships between rulers and the ruled. However, in a more abstract and fundamental sense, constitutions also tell us something about ourselves as political collectives: they express the kind of polity…

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Sam Fowles: Cherry/Miller: What’s Next?

September 26, 2019

UK Constitutional Law Association

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down its unanimous judgement in Cherry and Others v The Advocate General and Miller v the Prime Minister. The court found that the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament was unlawful and, consequently, null and void. This article aims to identify some of the immediate constitutional and political impacts of that decision.

The decision

Four key points underpin the court’s reasoning. First, the matter of justiciability. All parties accepted that the court was entitled to determine the existence and extent of prerogative powers. The government parties, however, argued that, where the power was exercised within its lawful bounds, it was not justiciable. Cherry and Miller argued that, even within lawful bounds, the ordinary principles of judicial review applied. The question of justiciability formed the cornerstone of the government’s case. Ultimately, however, the court decided it on entirely uncontroversial terms. The court found that it…

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Originally posted on UK Constitutional Law Association:
The chorus that the United Kingdom Supreme Court’s decision on prorogation (R. (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister; Cherry and others v. Advocate General for Scotland [2019] UKSC 41) has “nothing to do with Brexit” cannot withstand serious scrutiny. The British electorate’s decision to leave…

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Originally posted on Green Jihad:
By Bethany Mandel, September 24, 2019, National Review Activists left and right are protesting an effort to close loopholes in a state law mandating vaccination for schoolchildren. Here’s why they’re wrong. There aren’t many policy proposals or causes that unite Left and Right these days, but in California, one has…

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Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
James Flynn is a well known researcher on human intelligence at University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the man after whom the “Flynn Effect” is named. If you don’t remember that term, it refers to the continuing increase in intelligence, as measured by IQ, throughout the world. We…

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Originally posted on The Climate Fix:
Welcome to issue #5 of my occasional newsletter on climate and energy issues. The above image comes from an essay I have in press titled “Climate Change as Symbolic politics in the United States,” which I’ll share in due course. The image shows a “word cloud” for President Obama’s…

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Originally posted on Darwinian Business:
Whilst on holiday I decided to read a book telling the life story of one of the world’s most influential evolutionary theorists. Despite it not being about the application of evolutionary psychology to the workplace, I thought this post would be of value regardless. The scientist in question is Robert Trivers. Robert Trivers is…

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