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Tax QC turned Brexpert Jo Maugham won’t stand in general election

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But silk hopes ideas on his blog will be taken forward

The original version of this post has been amended after we incorrectly stated that Jolyon Maugham QC had announced he would stand against Theresa May in the general election and had subsequently changed his mind. We accept that Maugham never announced that he would stand against Theresa May and there was no change of mind. We have amended our story and apologise to Maugham.

A tax specialist now better known for his anti-Brexit stance has been forced to explain that he won’t stand against Prime Minister Theresa May in the election, after his blog post was misinterpreted.

Jo Maugham set tongues wagging yesterday with an interesting blog post in which he suggested standing against Prime Minister Theresa May in the election and throwing a 28-day long party. But with some having misinterpreted the post, the QC then issued a short update making explicit his intention just to float ideas.

In the post Devereux Chambers’ Maugham suggested that he’s planning on throwing a “joyous, optimistic” mega party, each day being “hosted (food, drink, costume)” by one of the EU Member States. The blog continued:

And to deliver focus, and urgency, and to frame the contrast with the nation at large, and to make the party a national event, we stand a candidate (Jo Maugham QC) in Maidenhead against Theresa May [Maidenhead is her constituency]. Jo has a good national media profile as a campaigner against tax avoidance and on Brexit.

Maugham, whose crowdfunding efforts helped pay for the Brexit legal challenge, continued:

The celebration will lay the foundations for a new political party. The strength of those foundations are our metric of success. We will collect members. We will build a brand. And we will raise funding.

Yesterday, in the update posted on his blog Maugham said that “with great reluctance” he will not be standing for election nor throwing the festival as suggested. But, he asks: “might there be something to take forward after the general election?”

Meanwhile, Maugham’s continued pursuit for Brexit clarity is running full steam ahead. The staunch pro-Remainer recently launched a legal challenge in the Irish High Court, which he hopes will shed light on whether the UK’s Article 50 notification is revocable.

Earlier this week, Maugham revealed directions in the Dublin case have been agreed and that there will be a further preliminary hearing in May. The substantive hearing is expected to follow in June or July.

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The original version of this post has been amended after we incorrectly stated that Jolyon Maugham QC had announced he would stand against Theresa May in the general election and had subsequently changed his mind. We accept that Maugham never announced that he would stand against Theresa May and there was no change of mind. We have amended our story and apologise to Maugham.

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Anonymous

Serious question, but does Jo Maugham still take on briefs as a barrister? I can’t imagine many instructing solicitors would happily sit waiting for a response to an urgent query or for an opinion to be finalised whilst in the meantime seeing him send dozens of Brexit tweets. I just don’t see how he has the time in the day.

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Not Amused

Hoping for someone to suffer professionally merely because they express political ideas you disagree with is a deeply unattractive trait.

I could not disagree with Jolyon more – nor do I approve of the way he goes about expressing his opinions. But I dare say he wouldn’t approve of me. That’s fine, we all need to rub along in this world. But I am sure that as an experienced QC, Jolyon can manage the burden of his professional work alongside the terrible strain of sending out 140 characters.

There is an unattractive obsession with toeing the line, never saying anything, always being bland, non offensive and ‘safe’. It would lead to an extremely dull world.

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Anonymous

LOOOOOL!!!

Related to Viscount Maugham and Somerset Maugham

The loaded virtue signalling remoaner numpty

Suck it up Jolyon

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Anonymous

I don’t think hope was expressed. You seem to have read that in.

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Trumpenkrieg

A certifiable narcissist.

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Anonymous

Pot – Kettle- black come to mind.

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Anonymous

Even if dear Joly does has a few spare minutes of the day to advise on tax avoidance strategies, surely no sensible solicitor would want take advice from someone who comes across as being such an obsessed, narcissistic, fruit-cake.

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Anonymous

One of the most cringeworthy political ventures in recent history. At least it was mercifully shortlived.

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Anonymous

The comments on the Guido Fawkes blog about this tragi-comic episode are well worth sacrificing some billable time for.

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Guido Fawkes

From his press release – “Step One: Jolyon announces to The Maidenhead Advertiser that he’s standing.”

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