David Cameron’s plans to reduce the time limits for legal challenges against unpopular Tory policies have hit a snag, with lawyers submitting the first of a long series of legal challenges against the move by demanding a consultation followed by a White Paper, then a public enquiry and a High Court review that should take at least until 2056.
Online campaigners 38 Degrees have already launched an e-petition against the proposals under the banner ‘Don’t Delay, Delay Today’, supported by Richard Branson. ‘Long delays are a national institution,’ he said ‘as many Virgin Train customers will know.’ And Abu Qatada said he would be putting in his own challenge ‘just for a laugh.’
The Law-Makers Advocates Organisation, which represents thousands of law firms, gave its full support to challenging government policies through the proper long-winded channels. ‘We are only opposing speeding anything up, not the Prime Minister’s excellent suggestion to make legal challenges far more expensive,’ said a spokesman for LMAO.