Jolyon has conceded his first loss of 2023. Having lasted an impressive 16 days with a clean sheet, this morning the High Court threw out the Good Law Project’s claim that NHS waiting times for gender reassignment treatment are unlawful. Like most of their cases, it was dismissed:
“It’s always disappointing to lose a case, especially when the loss impacts on people already discriminated against in society… Good Law Project went to court last November to challenge these unacceptably long waits. Sadly the judge decided that: “NHS England is doing all it can reasonably be expected to do to reduce waiting times”. Obviously, we disagree…”
Like clockwork, Jolyon is trying to overturn the decision via appeal. Three guesses for how that’s going to go…
Having dropped so many stinkers of his own in His Majesty’s courts, Jolyon is now applying his expertise to pastures new. The Good Law Project is raising cash for a campaign to stop faeces running off into the River Wye along the England-Wales border. Wye not, eh…
So far, the campaign has raised £3,503 of its £15,000 target, with Jolyon vowing to challenge the Supreme Court over its decision to allow new farming developments in the area and stop the river turning into pea soup:
“The plans, which have been given the green light by Herefordshire Council, will see the expansion of Bage Court Farm in the village of Dorstone, including the construction of a giant new livestock shed. The increase in manure run-off generated by this development will see yet more ecological damage inflicted on the Dore and by extension, the River Wye.
Disappointingly and frustratingly, the hard-fought legal efforts of campaigners so far – led by local resident, David Sahota – have been unsuccessful. The High Court and the Court of Appeal have both endorsed Herefordshire Council’s rubber-stamping of the Bage Court Farm development.
Good Law Project is supporting campaigners to challenge, and hopefully overturn, these decisions in the Supreme Court.”
Arguably a better use of his time than the deluge of judicial reviews the GLP normally pumps out. Unfortunately, however, he has tried making this sort of case before. He lost.
Guido has a better win-win idea, instead of spending tens of thousands on lawyers, why not put the money towards financing a farm scale anaerobic digester that would turn the farm manure into bio-gas energy and compost?
The farm will be able to expand, energy will be generated. Compost will be produced for sale. Turning bullshit into cash, a process lawyers well understand…
On January 1st Jolyon posted a Twitter thread claiming “We had a pretty extraordinary year at Good Law Project in 2022″. That’s certainly true, 2022 was extraordinarily poor for the GLP and Jolyon. The LabourPainsBlog – a seminal source for keeping track of Jolyon’s courtroom losses – shows the Good Law Project saw eight legal defeats in court; crowdfunding income down a whopping 70%; and over £700,000 of legal costs awarded by the GLP to the government. Extraordinary…
According to the GLP’s own sums, total income from crowdfunders has slumped from £1.144 million in 2020/21 and £1.863 million in 2021/22 to just £580,000 in 2022/23. And 45% of that £580,000 came from crowdfunders launched in previous years…
LabourPainsBlog’s month-by-month Spotify-style round-up of Jolyon’s defeats doesn’t make for upbeat reading either:
Guido can also reveal the result of a successful FoI request sent to the Government Legal Department (GLD), asking how much the government had paid out to the GLP in 2022, and how much they had received during the same period. The answer? A net revenue for the government of £371,106.19.
“I can confirm the following information on behalf of the GLD in response to your request.
In answer to part 1 of your request, as at 1st November 2022, £40,000 has been paid out to firms representing the Good Law Project in litigation by the Government Legal Department (on behalf of HM Government).
In regards to part 2, up to the 1st November 2022, £411,106.19 has been received from the Good Law Project (and/or firms representing the Good Law Project in litigation) by the Government Legal Department.”
Here’s to 2023, Jolyon…
Big hat-tip to LabourPainsBlog
The Supreme Court has, regretfully, told Jolyon they won’t be wasting their time hearing his appeal case on the Michael Gove verdict. Meaning Jolyon ends the year just as he began it… with yet another loss.
Back in January, the Court of Appeal overturned a prior High Court ruling that a procurement contract was unlawfully awarded to Public First – a firm with links to Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove. Jolyon and the Good Law Project reacted with “profound surprise” as their impossibly rare win turned to dust before their eyes, and vowed to take it to the highest court in the land to seek justice. They failed.
The Supreme Court refused the appeal because “the application does not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance“, and in the “emergency context created by the pandemic”. Looks like they had better things to be doing this Christmas…
The good news from the Good Law Project is they’ve rebranded: new website, new logo, new look. The bad news is they’ve lost in court again. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed Jolyon’s latest judicial review claim that Government ministers had “threaten[ed] our national security and avoid[ed] scrutiny” by using “private phones and messaging services”. The High Court had previously dismissed this claim, so Jolyon took it to the Court of Appeal… which did the same.
The Court of Appeal concluded:
“…we find that there is no implied duty to retain records under the PRA; (2) there is no duty on the Ministers to comply with the eight policies which is enforceable by the Good Law Project by way of proceedings for judicial review; (3) the Dunn note was lawful; (4) it is not necessary to address the issue of standing; and (5) we dismiss the appeal and the claim for judicial review.”
Jolyon had previously promised to stop wasting so much time with pointless judicial reviews. So much for that. He’s now, in a surprise twist nobody could possibly have seen coming, vowed to take this case to the Supreme Court. Surely he’ll have better luck there. If not, there’s always Scotland…
Jolyon “Fox Beater” Maugham has lost so often in the English courts he has decided to inflict The Good Law Project on the Scottish courts instead. In an announcement last night, Jolyon revealed that his
political campaign non-profit company is establishing a Scotland office, in part because the English judges feel “bullied” by Westminster. Thus, he’s hoping for better luck north of the border. He went on to blame those uncooperative English judges for not doing their jobs because, well, they didn’t agree with him:
“…we’re de-risking the Good Law Project from a rule of law point of view. Yes, Scottish judges are better protected than English judges, and so Scotland might become an even more important jurisdiction when it comes to holding power, both in Westminster and in Edinburgh, to account…
[Judges are] feeling bullied, they’re feeling under duress, Government is routinely threatening them, and they’re reacting by sort of drawing in their horns and not doing the very important work that our constitution requires the rule of law to do.”
He will, of course, need money for this. Luckily he still has some in the bank from all that crowdfunding on lost cases. Surely this is the change the GLP needs to finally win something…