By Claire Bullivant.
I’m calling on the Met Police to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Downing Street employees their fines back.
As according to section 73 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, Covid regulations never applied to Crown Land (which includes No. 10).
Granted, one rule for them and another for the rest of us seems a bit unfair but it also makes perfect sense.
In the eighties lawmakers decided that it would be better to allow the government to function during any future national pandemic without having to worry about being caught up in quarantine regulations.
Steven Barrett a leading barrister at Radcliffe Chambers who read law at Oxford and taught law at Cambridge says:
“The thinking was that by making the government effectively exempt in law, the government could continue to function.”
Barrister Barrett adds in addition to the 1984 Act, there were also specific regulations that applied at the time of the alleged ‘partygate’: the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.
The barrister says according to these rules, gatherings were allowed in all public buildings, or parts of them ‘operated by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body.’
Questions are now being raised why a QC named Daniel Stilitz who is the independent legal advisor to Sue Gray on the legalities of ‘partygate’ has failed to bring this important law into light.
Last week it was revealed Mr Stilitz had previously shared comments on social media platform Twitter accusing the Conservative party of “serving up bile,” the Prime Minister of “fake news” and urging people to sign up to the Labour Party.
The QC even retweeted a comment calling Boris Johnson “our reckless dangerous PM.”
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said:
“Stilitz was clearly a totally inappropriate appointment and it risks what should have been the ‘independent and impartial’ Sue Gray report being considered tainted before its release to the public.”
Mr Stilitz’s tweets, which he has now deleted, even criticised the Prime Minister for choices he made in lockdown even when they were lawful.
Now I’m no lawyer but surely Stilitz has shown either direct bias against the PM or apparent bias against him?
Whatever your view on the Sue Gray report, surely it cannot now stand as an official report – the entire process is invalid and the Met Police can’t rely upon it either.
I also strongly suggest the Met Police take a look at the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and give the Prime Minister, Chancellor and fined Downing Street staff their money back.
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