The Supreme Court gives its judgement that prorogation was unlawful and John Bercow, Speaker of the House, declares business will resume next day at 11. 30 am on Wednesday 25th September. Parliament will resume, prorogation ‘never happened.’
So what is the significance of an intricate spider's web picked-out in water droplets?
Lady Hale delivered the unanimous judgement from all eleven justices of the Supreme Court in language clear and unequivocal. Parliament was not prorogued, it was not lawful. But what of the spider brooch?
The spider's web could be a metaphor, I suggest. Listen to
David Aaronovitch's The Briefing Room: Britain's Constitutional Dilemma
Our constitution does exist in written form, in many conventions and statutes, in civil law, in common law. It isn't codified, doesn't exist as a single document. Like a spider's web, it's always there- better seen and understood when a spotlight is turned onto it. Every loop interconnects, so the spider can patrol her web as she chooses. It's flexuous, unlike some written constitutions that prove too rigid. The spider can mend her web, reinforce it. Its design has evolved over millenia and we all depend upon it. Those strong silken threads are woven together in a complex pattern ready for any blundering and buzzing fly..
Thinking of marching on 19th October? May I suggest you wear the Lady Hale spider brooch T shirt, don't wait for Halloween. Order it now, they're selling-out fast.
Complementing these momentous events are the adventures of Brenda the spider, pictured here. Now you see her, now you don't. Where will she pop up next time?
Start the Week. Where is Power Now? Andrew Marr likens our constitution's growth, ' slow as moss on a wall.' A stone wall is a living thing, lichens and mosses growing out of stone.