“So, when are you going to resign, Prime Minister?”

Summary

Opposition party leaders demand Johnson resigns in shame following a unanimous verdict by eleven Supreme Court Judges concluding that the advice he gave to The Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful.

Lady Hale again was a picture of calm and control.

Lady Hale – President of the UK Supreme Court reading out the ruling of the panel of 11 Supreme Court Judges – their decision was unanimous.

The biographies of the judges are here – and these are the judges in the highest court in the country. Despite the best efforts of supporters of the Prime Minister’s policy to muddy the water with references to the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls in the High Courts of Justice, the Supreme Court of the UK is the more senior court. Hence why this case ended up here following different rulings from the High Court in England and the Scottish Court of Sessions – the highest court in Scotland which for centuries has had a separate and highly developed legal system.

“So why hasn’t Boris Johnson resigned?”

Because he’s a liar, a fraud, a scoundrel and a rogue who has no place in public life? Just putting that there as a possibility – nothing more than that. Or maybe he’s gotten caught up in this political crisis that he’s forgotten that he could just resign and walk away? Or maybe he feels that he needs to see this through to the bitter end for whatever reason? Personal ambition? Promises he made to some of his backers? I don’t know.

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen called for the Prime Minister to resign earlier today.

…as did Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

…which conveniently meant that Tom Watson’s speech had to be cancelled (with his agreement) amid rumours that anti-Watson activists in Labour were planning to hijack that speech. But the announcement from the Supreme Court changed all that.

And yet the print press still line up behind a Prime Minister whose advice to a reigning monarch was ruled unlawful by eleven Supreme Court judges.

In 1974, the then Prime Minister Edward Heath asked the electorate the same question following extended union strikes leading to a three day week and extensive power cuts. The electorate replied: “Not you!”

Even the Financial Times has called for Johnson to resign.

But as of midnight on 25 September 2019, he’s still here. So…as Dr Cath Haddon of the Institute of Government asks: What next?

24 hours is a very long time in politics. And it’s only Tuesday night.

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