The last fortnight saw the tragic passing-away of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was one of the finest jurists of our time, and her dissent in Shelby County v. Holder is worth a read - not just for her eloquent writing, but also for its pertinence in this time of increasing attempts at voter suppression. And unsurprisingly, the Republicans have decided to abandon their 2016 commitment to not appointing a SCOTUS judge during an election year, instead pushing forward replacements for Justice Ginsburg. (The “lame duck” explanation is a genuinely awful excuse, especially given the number of Republicans who didn’t make that case in 2016.)
Across the pond, there is an equally egregious violation of legal norms - that is, the British government deciding that it might be a good idea to violate its previous treaty obligations and in effect, either give itself the power to break international law or break international law entirely. I think Ed Miliband’s speech in Parliament calling the government out for this is a tour de force worth watching in full, but a rather amusing one-minute snippet is available . For those who are less sure about how we got to this point in the Brexit negotiations, here’s a .