The ‘Spycops’ bill undermines the rule of law and gives a green light to serious crimes

The so-called culture wars are not just about race and gender. They encompass a barrage of attacks on progressive or “woke” values to distract attention from catastrophic pandemic management in both Washington and Westminster. On closer inspection, some of the targets in the crosshairs are actually rather conservative; a case in point being the rule of law.



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If the prime minister and the home and defence secretaries are anything to go by, lawyers are the new enemies of the state. But as these ministers are not averse to employing briefs in their own causes – both personal and political – I rather suspect it’s the message, not the messengers, that they are trying to destroy.

Related: David Greene: Condemning lawyers for doing their jobs is inherently dangerous

It is now well over a decade since former master of the rolls

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European Green Law Risks Delay as Leaders May Defer Decision

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a close up of a windmill: Wind turbines operated by Vattenfall AB sit on a wind farm in Aggersund, Denmark.


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Wind turbines operated by Vattenfall AB sit on a wind farm in Aggersund, Denmark.

A landmark law to strengthen European Union climate policies and make the 2050 goal of climate-neutrality irreversible risks falling off a fast-track approval process, as the bloc’s leaders take time to consider the economic impact of the unprecedented overhaul in the midst of the deepest recession on record.

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EU heads of government plan to discuss the draft measure at their two-day gathering next week but may stop short of supporting a more ambitious intermediate target for 2030, according to a draft of their joint communique seen by Bloomberg News. Their political endorsement, key for ministers to reach an agreement on the technical details of the law, and a stricter emissions-reduction goal for the next decade may come only in December.

“The European Council considers that the updated target

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European Green Law Risks Delay as Leaders Seek to Defer Decision

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a close up of a windmill: Wind turbines operated by Vattenfall AB sit on a wind farm in Aggersund, Denmark.


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Wind turbines operated by Vattenfall AB sit on a wind farm in Aggersund, Denmark.

A landmark law to strengthen European Union climate policies and make the 2050 goal of climate-neutrality irreversible risks falling off a fast-track approval process, as the bloc’s leaders take time to consider the economic impact of the unprecedented overhaul in the midst of the deepest recession on record.

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EU heads of government plan to discuss the draft measure at their two-day gathering next week but may stop short of supporting a more ambitious intermediate target for 2030, according to a draft of their joint communique seen by Bloomberg News. Their political endorsement, key for ministers to reach an agreement on the technical details of the law, and a stricter emissions-reduction goal for the next decade may come only in December.

“The European Council considers that the updated target

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Sweden’s Government Dodges Green Split After Oil Plans Shelved

(Bloomberg) — One of the Nordic region’s biggest oil refineries has halted an expansion that threatened to break up Sweden’s governing coalition, comprising the Social Democrats and the Green Party.



a large ship in a body of water: Fuel storage tankers sit on the dock at Vartahamnen harbour at the Port of Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016. Oil tanker rates jumped to a four month high as traders booked the most cargoes for the time of year on record, offering signs that Middle East producers could be adding barrels to the market just before OPEC embarks on its deepest output cuts in eight years.


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Fuel storage tankers sit on the dock at Vartahamnen harbour at the Port of Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016. Oil tanker rates jumped to a four month high as traders booked the most cargoes for the time of year on record, offering signs that Middle East producers could be adding barrels to the market just before OPEC embarks on its deepest output cuts in eight years.

Preem AB has decided to withdraw all applications for a 1.6 billion kronor ($176 million) expansion of its Preemraff refinery outside Lysekil on the Swedish west coast, the company’s board said in a statement.

While the plans had already received the necessary environmental permits, the Swedish government had earlier

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