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Posts Tagged ‘Parliamentary Supremacy’

Written Constitutions & Post Office Privatisation

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 | in Miscellany, Public law, Supreme Court of the United States

Carl Gardner recently blogged about “Written constitutions, a warning from America” and noted his bemusement that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could be “struck down” by the Judicial Branch as being “unconstitutional” – particularly when Barack Obama had made health care reform a fundamental plank of his election manifesto. My response to Carl… { Read More }

Trafigura: Parliamentary Supremacy and Freedom of the Press

Posted on: October 21st, 2009 | in Public law

Trafigura takes my breath away. I can understand a company reaching a settlement wanting to keep it, and their privileged (Minton) report, private – and I can understand instructing lawyers to get an injunction to try to do so. But what I don’t understand is how the High Court would order no reporting of the… { Read More }

Parliament, The Press and Free Speech

Posted on: October 12th, 2009 | in Public law

I’m not quite sure how, but it appears that The Guardian has been gagged by the court from reporting on Parliament. As The Guardian notes – The right to report parliament was the subject of many struggles in the 18th century, with the MP and journalist John Wilkes fighting every authority – up to the… { Read More }

UK Supreme Court & Parliamentary Supremacy

Posted on: September 13th, 2009 | in Public law

For an “outsider” studying English law, there’s probably no topic more difficult than the UK Constitution. Because this country’s never had a historical event which resulted in the breakdown of the previous system of government (apart from a couple of blips in the 1600s), there’s never been a pressing need for framers to set out… { Read More }