Be under no illusion: today’s Supreme Court judgment is one of the most important in the long history of our Parliamentary system, and in reasserting the supreme power of representative democracy. (I write that as someone schooled in British Constitutional History: see https://bernardjporter.com/2019/08/28/jr-tanner/.) It was the best result that any of us democrats could have hoped for. Just a few minutes after it, I’m feeling uncharacteristically joyous! (It won’t last.)
Now to see what follows. The judges decided that Parliament was never legally prorogued, so I presume MPs will reconvene tomorrow. Will Johnson have to resign? Probably not; though he may call a snap General Election. Could he be arrested? Very unlikely! And dangerous, of course, to make a martyr of him. Will the gutter press dare to run its ‘Traitors’ and ‘Enemies of the People’ headlines again? We’ll find out tomorrow. Will this result merely encourage the populist Right to continue their proto-fascist ‘People versus the Elite’ campaign into the next Election? Probably. Are we on the cusp of a constitutional revolution – one way or the other?
The next few days and weeks are going to be interesting, to put it mildly. I’ll be flying back to Britain tomorrow to watch it all closer at hand. Although, to be fair, the judgment was carried live today on STV. The Swedes are loving it, while being glad it isn’t happening to them.