BY JAMIE FOSTER The expression “falling between two stools” is an old proverbial phrase. The full version is ‘between two stools one falls to the ground’. It is first cited in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, 1390: “Thou farst [farest] as he betwen tuo stoles That wolde sitte and goth to grounde.” The first recorded use in modern English is in Matthew Prior’s comic poem Alma; or, The … Continue reading Plot or Die
BY JAMIE FOSTER This week Gina Miller, the anti Brexit activist who won a Judicial Review on the Government’s Article 50 powers, addressed the Lib Dems conference on Brexit. She denounced what she called Brexit lies as well as kindly informing the Lib Dems she was not a ‘leader in waiting’. She maintained that she was independent of all parties including the Lib Dems, telling … Continue reading Random Citizen Addresses Shrinking Lib Dems
BY JAMIE FOSTER The Supreme Court has issued its judgment – 8-3 – in favour of MPs being given the opportunity to vote on triggering Art 50. While I have the greatest respect for our independent judiciary, and while I have yet to read the judgment, it fascinates me to imagine that it could in anyway put the genie back in the bottle. As many of … Continue reading The Judgment – Time to Crow or Wait for Doves?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Today the Supreme Court begins its hearing of the Brexit Challenge originally brought in the High Court by Gina Miller, a fund manager whose wealth has allowed her to ensure that the Courts review the lawfulness of the Government using prerogative powers to trigger Art 50. The Media has portrayed this case as a battle between unelected judges and the voting public. … Continue reading The Hearing
BY JAMIE FOSTER Remember, remember the 4th of November, it’s the day the legal profession took leave of its senses. Hopefully temporarily but certainly noticeably. It was perhaps unsurprising. It is not often that a constitutional law case which could help define our political future appears on the front of our national newspapers with such a barrage of fireworks. It is easy to be drawn … Continue reading Brexit Gunpowder Treason & Plot
BY JAMIE FOSTER Today the High Court handed down its judgment in a challenge to the Government’s right to trigger Article 50 brought by investment manager Gina Miller (pictured). In a case that harks back to the days when powerful nobles used the courts to decide the fates of the people beneath them, Mrs Miller used part of her considerable fortune to challenge the deal … Continue reading Article 50 Challenge – A Fund Manager’s Revenge