In June, the SKWAWKBOX published government documents and legal analysis by constitutional law experts showing that Theresa May ran out of time, according to constitutional law experts, in her attempts to do a deal with the DUP that would allow her to claim ‘the confidence of the House’, ask to form a government and pass a Queen’s Speech.
Last weekend’s Sunday Times ran a front-page story describing Buckingham Palace sources’ ‘exasperation’ that Theresa May ‘misled’ the Queen by claiming that she had done a deal with the DUP, when in fact it took her another seventeen days to do so:
The key parts – blurred but legible – show that this ‘misleading’ was not the only unprecedented aspect of the post-General Election events. May also delayed the Queen’s Speech to gain time for her negotiations, the first time this had ever happened:
May also angered the Queen by telling her, after the DUP deal was eventually concluded, that she had formed a government, instead of following convention and asking permission to form one.
By constitutional precedent, May’s inability to form a government in a timely fashion should have led to the Queen offering Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn an immediate opportunity to do so. Instead, May ‘misled’ the Queen, moved the Queen’s Speech and eventually reached a deal with the DUP.
To form a government that, as 21st Century Wire has observed, had no constitutional validity and unlawfully deprived Corbyn of his legal opportunity to do so:
As the Wire summarises:
So let’s sum up: a Buckingham Palace source alleges that Theresa May lied to the Queen about her ability to form a government. This meant Jeremy Corbyn was not given the opportunity to form one. Continuing delays caused in the Queen’s Speech to be delayed resulting in a ceremony which did not follow the rules – do we have a legitimate Parliament even? Finally, a bribe to a political party which Teresa May is now beholden to, potentially destabilising a political situation already destabilised by the charade of Brexit.
The Wire even uses the ‘T-word’ – ‘treason’.
At the very least, May’s behaviour should have resulted in an ongoing and explosive constitutional crisis, with the whole media estate questioning the legitimacy of the government.
That this did not happen – and shows no sign of happening, even after the Sunday Times‘ article – speaks loudly about the Establishment and its willingness to keep us in ignorance for its own ends.
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