As some of you will be no doubt aware the 11 Judges of Britain’s Supreme Court have decided unanimously that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that to prorogue parliament was “unlawful, void and of no effect.”
In short they found that a Prime Minister is not above the law.
In the USA there are those would have the American people believe that their President is above the law. No true. That’s a myth spun by Richard NIxon who was forced to leave office.
The US Supreme Court actually rejected Bill Clinton’s claim of presidential immunity when he was seeking to avoid civil litigation alleging sexual misconduct while he was governor of Arkansas. In other words, being the President did not place him above the law.
My hope is that the American government and their Justice System will eventually find a way to hold Donald Trump to account especially over the Ukraine matter.
Why? Because the rule that no one is above the law is arguably our most vital protection against autocracy .
In recent years democracy has seemed to be on it’s deaath bed. Britain’s Supreme Court today gave it the kiss of life.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.