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It's easy to criticise the British Empire - it did some very bad things. However, it also did something very good things: it is the only colonial power in recent times to have left behind a solid template for good government. What countries have done with it in the, often, half-a-century or more since is their own fault. At the heart of the system is full and fair democracy, universal suffrage, the Rule of Law and, most important for good governance, the separation of powers between Church and State and between Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. A most distressing case before the English High Court two weeks ago for which the approved judgment was published yesterday proves why that model is so valuable.

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Those who think that the people who brought the action and the Judges who found in favour of the Complainants simply do not understand: if they want to blame someone, blame whoever stuffed up Bill that provided for a Referendum.

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The political posturing that has arisen from the High Court in England and Wales ordering that Article 50 can be triggered only after a Parliamentary vote is ridiculous. Then again, so was the bringing of a case, or the need for one to be brought. Anyone with an ounce of sense always knew that last June's Referendum does not bind Parliament (voters were told that often enough during many TV and Radio programmes and many articles in the media in the period leading up to the referendum) therefore a Parliamentary vote would be required. Anyone who thought otherwise was delusional and lacking in basic knowledge of the fundamentals of how the British legal and parliamentary systems work.

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