Daily Express

Lawyers should not be deciding the fate of nations

- Tim Newark Political commentato­r

LAWFARE, as the rise in lawyers being used to challenge and overturn democratic­ally made decisions is known, has become too dominant in current politics, bringing government­s to the edge of ruin. The Rwanda Bill crisis is happening because legislatio­n is needed to stop legal efforts to frustrate rules halting small boats crossings of the Channel.

The Covid Inquiry is dominated by lawyers grandstand­ing in front of senior MPs and the Prime Minister in pursuit of their own agenda. Brexit was almost denied by rulings made by judges. And yet, we don’t vote for lawyers, we vote for politician­s to enact our will.

Boris Johnson won the 2019 general election with an 80-seat majority in part because the British people were fed-up with legal wrangling over Brexit pursued through the courts by Remainers.

Now we are in a similar situation with legislatio­n designed to close legal loopholes used by lefty lawyers to stop illegal migrants being flown to Rwanda. Johnson’s 2019 victory was about getting back control of our borders, yet legions of lawyers continue to be deployed to defy the democratic will of this country.

THE majority of Britons want to see the illegal, unfair and dangerous people smuggling racket ended, and the Rwanda flights will no doubt be a powerful deterrent. Yet highly-paid lawyers continue to defy our will as expressed through the ballot box. If you are well-funded enough, it seems any activist group can bypass MPs and bring the business of government shuddering to a halt.

For instance, BBC broadcaste­r Chris Packham is challengin­g in court Rishi Sunak’s decision to postpone the most draconian of net zero measures, intended to help millions of hard-pressed families save money. Unlike Packham, Sunak is the head of a democratic­allyelecte­d government making difficult decisions for the good of the nation.

Packham (recently sacked as patron of charity Raptor Rescue in part for his political stance) is a self-declared climate activist using the law to impose his ecofanatic­ism on the British nation. Who voted for him?

The BBC should take note because Packham’s high-profile is derived in large part from his taxpayer-funded TV presenting, and it seems wrong he should be taking the Government to court over its policy to reduce the net zero burden by delaying the ban on petrol vehicles.

The Covid Inquiry is another example of lawyers being used to pursue an anti-government agenda. At a daily cost of £750,000 to the taxpayer, the inquiry’s main line of questionin­g appears to be whether we should have locked down sooner and harder, rather than whether we should have locked down at all. It’s just an exercise in blaming the Tory government for not being more authoritar­ian.

And the PM quite rightly fought back this week at the bizarre line of examinatio­n seeking a “gotcha” moment to embarrass the Tories.

What relevance did the claim have that the Treasury was supposedly called the “prodeath squad” simply because it wanted to ease lockdown restrictio­ns?

It was a cheap attempt to provoke a TV soundbite.

Lawfare came to the fore most brutally in the US when the Democratic Party pursued lengthy and costly legal action against Donald Trump by falsely claiming his 2016 surprise victory had covert help from the Russians.

Today, in what many feel is a blatant stitch-up, the US justice system is once again being deployed, this time to hinder his 2024 campaign.

NO, past decisions by government­s have not always been popular. And yes, there have always been public inquiries. But the electorate was grown-up enough to realise we elected politician­s to do our bidding. Today the opposite is true. Many seem to have become screeching toddlers tantruming about every other decision.

Lawfare is fundamenta­lly undemocrat­ic and reveals the weakness of the cases pursued through this underhand method of politics. If they cannot win at the ballot box, sore losers will do everything they can to win in court. Voters can clearly see through this chicanery.

The bottom line is that lawyers should not be deciding the fate of nations.

The Tories can only gain support by defying their devious arguments and getting on with expediting the will of the people that voted for them in the first place. Parliament is our genuine supreme court and anyone thinking of hiring a lawyer should remember that.

‘We vote for politician­s, not lawyers, to enact our will’

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