The government needs parliament’s agreement before we start the process of leaving the EU.
So the high court has decided.
Now here’s the boring theory bit:
We live in a parliamentary democracy underpinned by the rule of law.
This means ‘we, the people’ can’t be bothered with ‘the issues’. We elect MPs to worry about them for us – so we can go shopping or watch the football.
We also have Lords and Ladies who worry about issues too – but they’re not democratically elected.
And the rule of law has stood us in pretty good stead since arbitrary killing, maiming and stealing were limited after some particularly bloodthirsty king went too far with his dastardly deeds.
The judges decide what the law says. And the judges are independent – so they can’t be bribed or beheaded.
So much for the theory.
In practice, the right-wing newspapers think they would run the country best – and their amazing ideas include bringing back hanging, erecting statues of Margaret Thatcher in every town and city and undermining the rule of law.
So, after the decision by the high court, these newspapers screamed that the judges are ‘enemies of the people’, claimed democracy has died and basically said the country hasn’t been in such a state since the Black Death.
I know the people who run these papers are very rich and get very angry when they don’t get their own way or when people disagree with them. Still, they should believe in free speech, shouldn’t they? So here’s an alternative view.
Some things that are wrong with this country
Too much dog shit on the pavements
People using their mobiles while driving
Loads of people having to sleeping rough
Parents at children’s football games getting far too angry
People having to go to food banks so they don’t starve to death
The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Express being allowed to print hate-filled articles full of factual inaccuracies that encourage bigotry and prejudice
Some things that aren’t wrong with this country
The Yorkshire Dales
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An independent judiciary upholding the rule of law.