Whatever happens next, let’s bask in the schadenfreude of Boris Johnson’s well-deserved legal humiliation

As parliament prepares to get back to work after a surreal prorogation that ‘never happened’, the Supreme Court’s utter demolition of a cynical government is something to savour

Matthew Norman
Tuesday 24 September 2019 19:41
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Boris Johnson says he 'strongly disagrees' with Supreme Court judgment

Allow me to be the 1,273,793rd of Her Majesty’s subjects to say this: there has never been a day like today.

So startling were Lady Hale’s more original words, spoken on behalf of herself and all 10 of her colleagues, that her solo achievement has been overlooked. Let’s put that right, and congratulate the Supremes’ leader on becoming only the third person, after Anne Robinson and Mary Berry, to beat the ban on women aged over 70 starring on factual prime-time TV.

While the conspiracy theorists get to work on the sinister meaning of M’Lady’s spider brooch, the rest of us revel in ecstatic astonishment in the silken judgment she spun. Basically, to crystallise the legalese into terms dummies like me can understand, she relegated the parliamentary stasis of recent weeks to the status of Bobby Ewing’s dream in Dallas: none of it really happened.

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