Saturday 25 June 2022

A letter in the Times on the Constitution

 I am delighted to have recently had a letter published in The Times, and even more it was published alongside letters from Jonathan Lynn and Sir Anthony Selden.  The letter can be seen below, or read at this link:

Sir, Clare Foges (“Johnson is neither good chap nor great man”, Jun 20) asserts that the depravity of Boris Johnson has made her doubt our uncodified constitution. Yet who does Foges think would write a hypothetical written constitution other than the government in power— ie Johnson and his ilk? Any codified constitution would be written in part or whole by precisely the politicians whom Foges deprecates. Consequently, a codified constitution would have risked Johnson’s (or indeed, Tony Blair’s) changes permanently binding all majorities and parliaments to come. Constitutional codification would thus be an enormous grant of power to the very people Foges rightly decries as unfit for office. Elijah Granet Visiting lecturer in law, City Law School
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