The Waugh Zone November 7, 2016

As for those pesky judges, Theresa May has given hacks on the plane to India alternative headlines. “I believe in and value the independence of our judiciary. I also value the freedom of our press. I think these both underpin our democracy.” Some chose to focus on the first point, some the second. As for Sajid Javid, Lord Patten suggested he should have been sacked for his Question Time remarks. But Patten showed a Ken Clarke-style lack of attention to detail – Javid had specifically said his criticism was of those who brought the case, not the judges. Such qualms don’t affect everyone. Ex-minister Andrew Murrison, normally a reasonable cove, has gone full Trump and inflamed Twitter by suggesting the judges could even overturn a general election victory.

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