Supreme Court

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day four

8 December 2016 10:50

The Supreme Court’s landmark case on triggering Article 50 has now finished. We’ll have to wait until January to hear…

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Commons votes in favour of invoking Article 50 by the end of March

7 December 2016 19:27

461 MPs have just voted for Theresa May to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. The Tory amendment…


Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day three

7 December 2016 11:00

It’s day three of the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the triggering of Article 50. Here’s how the day unfolded: …

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day two

6 December 2016 10:34

The second day of the Supreme Court hearing has seen the Government continue to put forward its case for why it…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day one

5 December 2016 11:10

Today’s Supreme Court hearing did, for once, live up to its billing as being a ‘landmark case’. The court’s 11 judges –…

What the papers say: The Supreme Court’s Brexit case

5 December 2016 8:38

Today’s Supreme Court hearing on Brexit is undoubtedly the most controversial in the court’s seven year history, says the Times.…

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How Britain’s legal system went global

4 December 2016 10:00

It was Henry Fairlie in his famous article in The Spectator in 1955 that made the critical point about the way ‘Establishment’ power (political,…


Supreme Court judges want it both ways

4 December 2016 8:30

The Article 50 case has at last woken people up to the power of the Supreme Court. On Monday, at…

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The High Court’s Brexit ruling is a product of our ‘post-truth’ age

3 December 2016 10:00

In November the High Court decided that the Government had no power to give notice to leave the EU under…

What the papers say: The Brexit backlash continues

7 November 2016 8:45

The row over last week’s High Court ruling on Article 50 rumbles on this morning. Theresa May has given her…

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Max Hastings reveals the contents of a Prince Charles letter about homeopathy

2 April 2015 15:37

Last month the Supreme Court ruled that Prince Charles’s ‘black spider memos’ to government ministers should be made public. The decision…

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How Brussels’ sanctions could bleed Britain dry

14 November 2014 13:32

London is at risk of another blow from Brussels. Currently, the UK Supreme Court is hearing a sanctions case involving…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes…

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P.J. O’Rourke interview: ‘Telling jokes and lying about politicians – what’s the difference?’

23 May 2014 10:04

P.J. O’Rourke’s chickens are giving him trouble. ‘Two of them aren’t laying eggs right now,’ he explains. But he doesn’t…

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Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

20 June 2013 11:30

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of…

Fight For Basra Continues

The Supreme Court Mothballs the British Army

19 June 2013 14:51

The British Army may never go to war again. Not because it is under-resourced and over-stretched but because, as of…

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Robert Bork 1927-2012

19 December 2012 18:02

Robert Bork was not only an extraordinary and effective jurist, he was also a crucial figure in American conservatism. In…

The Human Rights Act Protects the Innocent

12 October 2011 14:52

Meanwhile, in the day’s other Supreme Court judgement, the justices struck down the government’s ban on non-EU spouses under the…

The Case of Hope vs Salmond

12 October 2011 12:35

I’m not convinced the Scottish parliament’s 2009 bill permitting individuals with pleural plaques to sue for asbestos-related damages was a…

An EU ruling that Cameron must fight

29 September 2011 22:48

A showdown with the EU may come sooner than we expect. The European Commission has todaythreatened to sue David Cameron’s…

Rick Perry’s Federalism: Another Lost Cause

16 August 2011 17:06

Dan Drezner tweeted this afternoon that Barack Obama vs Rick Perry would be the starkest choice between rival philosophies and…

Shoesmith strikes at Balls and executive power

28 May 2011 11:22

Sharon Shoesmith cut into Ed Balls on the Today programme this morning. She said: “Why don’t we ask Ed Balls…

Michael Gove to appeal Shoesmith verdict

27 May 2011 10:34

Whitehall sources say Michael Gove will appeal the Court of Appeals judgement which decided Sharon Shoesmith’s dismissal was so ‘legally…

Clegg’s coup

18 March 2011 13:11

Libya is not the only scene of conflict today. Nick Clegg has just won a powerful victory over the Conservatives,…

Clarke rebukes May for her comments on sex offenders’ register ruling as Tory split over human rights grows

20 February 2011 13:22

The Conservative side of the coalition is being increasingly split by the issue of the European Convention on Human Rights.…