The Lib Dems and SNP
have lost their legal challenge to be included in an ITV head-to-head debate ahead of the general election on 12 December.
In the High Court in London
Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Warby said the case was not suitable for judicial review as ITV was not carrying out a “public function” in law by holding the debate. However, the parties had the right to complain to Ofcom about the programme after it had been broadcast, they said.
Lord Justice Davis said “The clear conclusion of both members of this court is that, viewed overall, these claims are not realistically arguable.”
But, no surprise that Lib Dem education spokeswoman Layla Moran tweeted “the fight must continue”, adding “It is outrageous that the Remain voice is missing from the ITV debate”.
The SNP’s “Westminster Windbag” leader, Ian Blackford, also condemned the decision, saying it “discriminated against Scottish voters” and “treated them as second-class citizens”. He added “That is, quite simply, a democratic disgrace, and the fact that election law and broadcasting codes allow such gross unfairness is unacceptable”.
We are quite used to him using the “democratic disgrace” argument, when the democratic vote of 17.4million being ignored by the Limp Dumbs and SNP is apparently acceptable for them? As said “The 2016 EU referendum was a UK vote it, was the one before in 2014 that was a Scotland only vote and what did we decide, oh yes to stay in the UK!”.
It took the two judges just a matter of 10 or 15 minutes to reach a decision about the claim that the Lib Dems and SNP should be allowed access to the head-to-head debate.
The Judges came back and said they would not agree to that and effectively refused to even hear the judicial review. Their legal argument was that ITV was not exercising a public function as it is a private broadcaster, albeit regulated, therefore could not be subject to judicial review. Nice one!