@Ten Bobsworth wrote:
The Good Law Project behind it all, Sluffy?
I've never heard of such a thing. Isn't Jolyon Maugham a good friend of the unimpeachable Dale Vince whose integrity can be vouched for by no less a figure than Nuts very own Boncey and who could ever suggest that he might be biased in any way?
Well as far as I seem to find is that all reports resulting from the 'hysteria' over the governments procurement following the introduction of emergency powers because of the pandemic, do indeed seem to lead back to the GLP, which is Maugham's 'pet project'.
Countless times when you read the articles and scan down to their source it more than often states it to be the GLP.
You will get the Labour politicians expounding these beliefs when doing their political point scoring against the government but even then these storys are only circulating in the public in the first instance almost always originating from GLP.
And you've got to (at least I do) question what is behind the GLP doing this because the only recource they are seeking are Judicial Reviews and that basically means a judge looking into whether the government used its powers correctly and even if the judge rules against the government there is no remedy as such other than the judge effectively saying 'don't do that again' or 'stop doing what you are doing and from now on do it coreectly'.
So it is basically all about 'embarassing' the government and nothing much more.
You then wonder why GLP should go to all that expense to do that if the result is in effect no more than a rap on the knuckles to the government?
Well the thing is they don't incur any costs themselves in doing so - they are totally financed from crowdfunding - and iirc, 20% of the crowd funding is used to finance the total running of the GLP itself - so no crowd funding, no GLP.
I've not been following them too closely but the latest I understand as to what is happening in respect of GLP's application for Judicial Review in respect of the governments PPE procurement under emergency powers is that the government has given GLP an estimate of its legal costs to go to court, and GLP have realised that if they lose the case they would not have sufficient funds to meet the governments costs - the crowdfunding they have isn't enough to do so.
They have asked for legal costs against them if they lose to be limited in order for them to continue.
The thing to my mind though is if they are so certain of all this corynism taking place and can back up with hard evidence what they are saying, then they must be certain of a win and they don't need to worry about losing and having to pay the governments legal expenses. In otherwords put their money where their mouth is - if they are so certain corynism has gone on - otherwise they KNOW they can't back up what they have been saying all this time.
It seems to me that GLP boarders on being a vexatious litagator, which basically means they are deliberately 'trolling' the government by continually taking 'frivolous' court action against them just because they have an axe to grind against them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vexatious_litigation
I still come back to the simple fact that no proof about any allegations made has yet been found - and really would you think it would by now if such things had gone on by now?
If GLP had to fund themselves all the court action they have been doing I sincerely doubt they would have started much if any of what they have.
I mean what do they get out of it even if they did win - nothing more than proving the government wrong on a point of law - that's all.