“Fundamental to the rule of law is also democracy and I’m very proud to be supporting this PM - a PM who has honoured democracy by delivering Brexit.”

Suella Braverman, House of Commons

February 10, 2022

Facts

https://twitter.com/SamCoatesSky/status/1491764137457819651

When asked by Labour MP Rupa Huq if breaches of the Ministerial Code during the Partygate scandal will lead to resignations, noting that the government has had “a fair few brushes with the Rule of Law”, Attorney General Suella Braverman responded: “Well, the Prime Minister has made his position clear. I’m not going to add any more in light of the live police investigation. But she mentions the rule of law and I would just say that fundamental to the rule of law is also democracy and I’m very proud to be supporting this PM - a PM who has honoured democracy by delivering Brexit.”

Verdict

Suella Braverman was wrong. Democracy and the rule of law are not the same, as she ignorantly claimed. The rule of law can exist in non-democratic polities (ie across the Roman and British Empires) while it can be set aside in theoretically democratic ones (Putin’s Russia and  Nazi Germany being two notorious cases). In Britain rule of law flourished for hundreds of years before the arrival of democracy. The post of Attorney General, currently occupied by Suella Braverman, dates back to the middle ages.

We approached Suella Braverman’s parliamentary office and the Attorney General’s Office to give her a chance to comment. No response. 

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