As MPs gave the Government the go-ahead by voting the Brexit bill and the Lords are debating it now, Gina Miller, the businesswoman and philanthropist who successfully challenged the Prime minister over Article 50 at the Supreme Court, kindly accepted to answer my questions in an exclusive interview.
POLITICIANS' "OBSESSION WITH POWER AND PROPAGANDA."
Gina Miller, why do you think Brexit politicians like Ian Duncan Smith, or Nigel Farage, don't seem to understand, or don't want to understand, the basic constitutional law behind your case? Is this Trump's "post-truth" /"alternative facts" politics made in Britain?
"It is either shocking that such senior politicians fail to possess even a basic grasp of our constitution, rule of law, independence of the judiciary and role of Ministers; or they are well aware but not interested in truth or the country; it is evident that they are solely focused on power, mischief making and feeding off the negativity and divisiveness growing in our societies. The old adage of 'think before you speak' comes to mind. The demotion of truth to a footnote should be alarming to all fair-minded principled people. I assume they entered politics because of people and principles -- this has been overtaken by an obsession with power and propaganda."
"BIG, STATE ALTERING LIES."
Is there anything you think people like you, but also journalists, politicians and maybe even citizens can do to prevent the spread of lies and "alternative facts" in Britain alike what is currently happening in the US?
"Absolutely. The state of our country, society and communities should not just be left to politicians. It is imperative that we all exercise our civic duty -- individually and collectively. Politics is not what happens to us, it affects all our lives so good people need to speak up, or bad things will continue to grow. When lies, twisted truths, alternative facts are allowed to be repeated without challenge then we enter a dangerous place when they are received and perceived as truths. I'm not talking about genuine mistakes or little white lies or exaggerations that are often told to protect others. I'm talking about big, state altering lies."
IMMORAL PRESS: "THEIR VENOM SHINES THROUGH IN THEIR ARTICLES."
What would you say about the press and the way they portrayed you and the case? I am sure you did expect the media attention, but did you expect to be the target of personal attacks?
"After the Leveson Inquiry I thought the integrity of certain parts of the press would improve. Unfortunately, there are still certain journalists who seemingly refuse to follow their own journalistic principles, and refuse to report news in a balanced and responsible fashion but are willing to simply destroy the reputation of anyone whose opinions differs from their bosses. I'm glad to say that these journalists are in the minority and their venom shines through in their articles, thereby making many readers question the overall tone of these biased articles. There is no excuse for crossing the lines of decency by flagrantly inciting sexual and racial hatred."
"MORE CONSULTATION ON DOG FOULING AND STRAYS THAN IN THE ARTICLE 50 BILL."
What do you make of the Commons debate and vote on the Brexit Bill after all the effort that you put in your end? (Especially as Theresa May defeats all amendments brought by her opposition and finally gets to trigger Article 50.)
"I am hugely saddened that MPs have not taken the opportunity to properly scrutinise the Government's exit plan. Whilst I appreciate that many feel between a rock and a hard place, they should have been able to vote in secret and along the lines of their conscience. Kenneth Clarke has emerged as the wise sage, and I wish others had followed his lead. A binary promise is not just that a promise. It is not scrutiny and it is not legally binding. I do not understand how clever, principled cross party politicians can allow the Government to treat them in this way. What the government had offered is a binary vote that could leave Britain between the devil and the deep blue sea. It appears that there was more consultation and discuss around Part 6 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 which deals with Dog Fouling and Strays than has occurred in the Article 50 Bill."
TO THERESA MAY: "STAND UP FOR ALL THE BRITISH PUBLIC AND THEIR BEST INTERESTS."
If she was all ears, listening to your advice on Brexit, what would you tell Theresa May?
"I would tell Theresa May to stand up for all the British public and their best interests rather than a desire to listen solely to the Loony Tunes minority within her own party. The public voted to leave the EU, it did not vote for financial destruction simply to avoid court cases being heard by the ECJ. It would be better if the PM were more focused on prioritising other issues above this one, for example the overall financial and social care interests of the all of the UK population."
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