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How cowed judges could let Boris Johnson break the law

Unchecked, unbalanced and channelling an unsavoury populism, a prime minister that I’ve helped to keep in check in the courts could soon be free to do whatever he pleases

By Jolyon Maugham  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Gardiner Bros in Hardwicke, while on the General Election campaign trail.

With the new prime minister come threats in battalions. An enormous majority. A distracted and divided Opposition. A national broadcaster operating under existential threat. A political leader advertising a populist intent as “The People’s Government.”

Where will challenge come from? Not the House of Lords—which was served notice in the Conservative manifesto that its role would be reviewed. And not from a written constitution—the only higher law able to constrain a government with a majority in…

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