Government

What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

The principle of collective responsibility exists in tension with transparent government. The former tends towards preserving the confidentiality of Cabinet decisions and the latter requires governmental action to be open to examination, scrutiny and … [Read more...] about What Happens When Transparent Government Conflicts With Collective Responsibility?

Is the UK Subject to a Deep State? Liz Truss and the Civil Service

Politics has moved frenetically in recent weeks. There has been the appointment of a new First Minister in Scotland, the drama of England’s local elections, and, inevitably, countless headlines over the Government’s Rwanda plan as it entered the UK … [Read more...] about Is the UK Subject to a Deep State? Liz Truss and the Civil Service

The Post Office Bill: Constitutionally Unusual, but not Inappropriate

Less than a week after the broadcast of the ITV drama, Mr Bates vs. The Post Office, the Government announced new legislation intended to quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office employees who were wrongly prosecuted and convicted of … [Read more...] about The Post Office Bill: Constitutionally Unusual, but not Inappropriate

Expanding Ministerial Discretion by Eroding Human Rights: the Government’s Draft Guidance on Rule 39 Injunctions

On 17 January, the Cabinet Secretary to the Home Office sent a letter outlining the future direction of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill (‘the Bill’). In it, he confirmed that the proposed Guidance (‘the Guidance’) to be … [Read more...] about Expanding Ministerial Discretion by Eroding Human Rights: the Government’s Draft Guidance on Rule 39 Injunctions

The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

Introduction In late 2023, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) handed down their judgment in the case of R (SAA) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. In a unanimous judgment, the UKSC held that the Home Secretary’s policy that certain people … [Read more...] about The Rwanda bill: A constitutional tipping point? 

Rigorous impartiality: What has been breached in the quest for a DUP deal and why the British will regret it

The principle of rigorous impartiality For over twenty-five years, the government of the United Kingdom has been under an extraordinary obligation. The last two governments have failed to uphold it. As a consequence, the present condition of the … [Read more...] about Rigorous impartiality: What has been breached in the quest for a DUP deal and why the British will regret it