Author Archives for John Oxley

2019 Articles

This parliament has taught us the strength of our democracy
This parliament has taught us the strength of our democracy
The 57th parliament of the United Kingdom officially comes to an end tomorrow. It has seen off a Prime Minister, [...]
November 5, 2019
Order, order: The race is on to replace John Bercow
Order, order: The race is on to replace John Bercow
The departure of John Bercow from the speakership of the House of Commons will create a vacancy of huge importance.  [...]
October 10, 2019
Trying to impeach Boris would be an unmitigated catastrophe
Trying to impeach Boris would be an unmitigated catastrophe
Rumours are swirling in Westminster of a plot to impeach Boris Johnson. The news broke over the weekend that, inspired [...]
October 2, 2019
We should celebrate the glory of Britain’s unwritten constitution
We should celebrate the glory of Britain’s unwritten constitution
For most of the Cold War, there sat in a safe in Whitehall a 16-chapter document. It was a game [...]
September 25, 2019
Real lives will be ruined by the delay to the laws dropped with the prorogation of parliament
Real lives will be ruined by the delay to the laws dropped with the prorogation of parliament
The prorogation of parliament has been variously cast as an attempted coup or a smart move in delivering the referendum [...]
September 17, 2019
Stuffing the House of Lords with your friends is practically a parliamentary tradition
Stuffing the House of Lords with your friends is practically a parliamentary tradition
To consolidate his Brexit position, Boris Johnson is rumoured to be lining up a selection of “Brexit heroes” for elevation [...]
August 29, 2019
A brief lesson in governments of national unity, and why they won’t solve Brexit
A brief lesson in governments of national unity, and why they won’t solve Brexit
A struggling pound, a Labour leader at odds with his backbenches, and a government trying to pursue multiple contradictory aims. [...]
August 19, 2019
The Club of Former Prime Ministers welcomes its latest member: Theresa May
The Club of Former Prime Ministers welcomes its latest member: Theresa May
With Boris Johnson parading into Downing Street and the drama of the chopping and changing of cabinet, it’s easy to [...]
July 30, 2019
Erskine May is online – now even you can understand parliament’s arcane rules
Erskine May is online – now even you can understand parliament’s arcane rules
The UK government has allowed the “bible” of parliamentary procedure, Erskine May, to be published online – fully and freely [...]
July 3, 2019
What does Boris Johnson have in common with Oscar Wilde? A brief history of private prosecutions
What does Boris Johnson have in common with Oscar Wilde? A brief history of private prosecutions
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been told that he will face court as part of private prosecution brought against [...]
June 3, 2019
Farewell to Theresa May, the most ineffectual Prime Minister in modern history
Farewell to Theresa May, the most ineffectual Prime Minister in modern history
When Theresa May departs from Number 10 for the final time, her portrait will be added to the collection which [...]
May 28, 2019
DEBATE: Is it right for Shamima Begum to receive legal aid for her citizenship appeal?
DEBATE: Is it right for Shamima Begum to receive legal aid for her citizenship appeal?
Is it right for Shamima Begum to receive legal aid for her citizenship appeal? John Oxley, a barrister at Vardags, says [...]
April 18, 2019
DEBATE: MPs are about to get a pay rise – but do they deserve it?
DEBATE: MPs are about to get a pay rise – but do they deserve it?
MPs are about to get a pay rise – but do they deserve it? John Oxley, a Conservative commentator, says [...]
March 4, 2019
DEBATE: Should Philip Green be stripped of his knighthood?
DEBATE: Should Philip Green be stripped of his knighthood?
Should Philip Green be stripped of his knighthood? John Oxley, an expert in law, history, and Conservative politics, says YES. [...]
February 15, 2019