Friday 18 October 2019

Haste thee nymph, and bring with thee Jest and Legal Jollity

Jolyon Maugham QC may be a figure best known to those of us who spend far too much time on Twitter, but his various high-profile legal attacks on Brexit have hit the news and featured in many a BBC report

Not today though. I can't find a mention anywhere on the BBC of the Scottish courts rejecting his latest major anti-Brexit foray - a bid to use the Scottish courts to declare Boris's deal "void" and, thus, scupper it. (Can you?)

The Scottish judge, on chucking his case out, said of Jolyon, "the petitioner does not have a prima facie case. In the first place, the petition is of very doubtful competency." He also called his petition "misconceived and unjustified" and "weak". (Ouch!)

Of course, the BBC's failure to report his latest humiliation may - in the parallel universe the famous QC inhabits - be because the BBC doesn't like him and want to make him blush by completely sparing his blushes, or something.

After all, he accused the BBC of outrageous bias after a BBC cameraman focused more on Joanna Cherry of the SNP than him during their joint statement to the media after a previous anti-Brexit court case, despite the BBC broadcasting their joint statement to the media live and in full on the BBC News Channel.

I've tweeted him this evening, in a helpful spirit, and said:
It never surprises, @BBCPolitics, does it? First, they failed to feature you in every shot with Joanna Cherry a while back and now they're failing to report your abject failure in the Scottish court and the judge's ruling on your petition being of "very doubtful competency", and his calling it "misconceived and unjustified" and "weak".
Wonder if I'll get a pile-on? (If only!)


  1. Didn't realise you were on banter-tweet terms with Rob Burley! - well back in March you were!!

    1. Yes, we were like Ant and Dec back then!

    2. There's a thought. :)

    3. I'm 'Dec' in that, of course. :)

  2. Oo er that's fighting talk - that tweet! I eagerly await the response, given that Mr Maugham is a combative chap and does not give up easily as I remember from a little spat he had with Burl some months ago. This could be fun for the spectator.


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