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Boris’ cabinet cull sees barrister Buckland land Lord Chancellor role

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Former justice minister replaces David Gauke, joining host of other lawyers in BoJo’s cabinet

Freshly-installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed former justice minister Robert Buckland QC as the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Last night’s cabinet reshuffle cull saw ex-barrister Buckland replace David Gauke, who resigned yesterday, fulfilling his pledge to do so if Johnson got his hands on the keys to Number 10.

Buckland, MP for Swindon South, was called to the bar in 1991 and practised as a criminal barrister at Apex Chambers in Cardiff, Wales. He was also a door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, and in 2009 appointed a recorder of the crown court, sitting on the Midland Circuit.

Buckland secured silk status in 2015 following his appointment as solicitor general, deputy of the attorney general, by the then PM David Cameron. He was made the minister of state at the Ministry of Justice earlier this summer.

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Responding to the news, Buckland’s predecessor, ex-Macfarlanes lawyer Gauke, cheekily tweeted: “This is a good appointment. Not a solicitor, merely a barrister, but this will go down well.” Meanwhile, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which has locked horns with the government in recent years over the plight of legal aid, said: “We look forward to continuing our work with you on the crisis in the criminal justice system.”

Elsewhere during last night’s reshuffle, ex-Linklaters rookie Dominic Raab returned to the cabinet as foreign secretary, while Robert Jenrick, a former lawyer at Skadden and Sullivan & Cromwell, was made secretary of state for housing. Geoffrey Cox QC, a former barrister at Thomas More Chambers, retained his role as attorney general.

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58 Comments

Anonymous

Sir, your choice of meme pictures is disgusting.

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Anonymous

So is your mum

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Anonymous

Do not start this war, Tom.

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Alex

Well forgive my eyes for remaining free of tears!

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Anonymous

We finally have a Brexiteer in Number 10. We must leave the EU on 31 October, deal or no deal.

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Anonymous

Why must we?

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Anonymous

It’s the will of the people, obviously. Are you retarded?

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Anonymous

LLL

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Anonymous

My bad, thought the referendum said “Leave the EU”, which would also cover remaining in the EEA.

Either the words on the page matter (in which case remaining in the EEA is fine) or the context is important (in which case every member of the leave campaign called No deal “Project Fear”).

Which is it?

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Anonymous

Because that’s what we voted for in the Brexit referendum.

Do try and keep up.

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Anonymous

Except now so many of the old racists that voted Leave have died that “we” is not reflective of the current electorate. Why do “we” need to do what the dead want?

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Anonymous

Why do you love zombies so much wierdo

Anonymous

Thank you for saying that. If that’s the best argument you can come up with, then that will guarantee that virtually no-one will support you.

Anonymous

You’re the one who loves zombies you freak

Anonymous

Well forgive my panties for remaining unshitten!

Anonymous

Oh, you mean that highly manipulative and non-legally binding event that flew in the face of whole concept of a representative democracy? Yah, let’s follow that outcome.

Read a book.

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Anonymous

I did, it said you should shut up remoaner

Anonymous

oh Milbank

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Anonymous

DDD

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Hilly

Is that you TR?

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Anonymous

does it say that in your lpc guru notes or are you trying to think for yourself?

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Diversity is good

Say what you want about Boris but he has selected a diverse cabinet. The two most powerful ministers are ethnic minorities. Sajid is from Pakistan and Patel is from India/Sri Lanka.

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youshlarg

all of which have been shown to be discriminatory in nature,

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Anonymous

Patel? The person colluding with Iran and lying about it, whilst at the same time trying to get the death penalty back in?

In any event, what has always baffled me is that some of these positions surely require at least some kind of specialist knowledge, like the chancellor. When then can any tom dick and harry seem to be put to the post, flip flopping from department to department?

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Anonymous

That’s democracy for ya!

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Anonymous

Hammond was one of the worse Chancellors in history.

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Anonymous

Sajid was literally an investment banker

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Anonymous

As opposed to all those figurative investment bankers you see?

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Right Wing White Supremicist Loon

Yay! Hangings!

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Bearded Jihadist in a dress

Yay! Hangings!

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Elderly Brexiteer in Lincolnshire

Yay! Hangings!

Working class father of four who’s daughter got nonced

Yay! Hangings!

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Vegan non-binary pansexual person

Hangings?

No way!

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Anonymous

Actually, no. Sajid is from Rochdale and Priti is from Harrow.

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Anonymous

Tokenism. He’s picked people with full-blown cases of internalised oppression.

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Anonymous

I think you’ll find they are both from ‘goodness gracious me’ – you know, the characters who try to ‘out-english’ each other

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Anonymous

Sajid “I’ve never been to the opera” javid is a social climber in your deranged mind?

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Anonymous

PM – the name’s Alexander Kemal, pronounced Boris Johnson

Chancellor – the name’s Sajid Javid, pronounced St John Jarvis

Home Secretary – I’m Priti (stupid) Patel, I get sacked for having unauthorised secret meetings…..

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Anonymous

The name’s “Cooper”!

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Anonymous

The ‘reform’ of the Lord Chancellor role has not ended well.

Time to reverse it.

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Anonymous

Boris – the people’s champ! LeGooo

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Deed U No

P Patel is Kenyan born Indian

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Anonymous

She was born in Rochdale. That’s in Lancashire, not Kenya.

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Londoner

She was born in Harrow, in London. Youк Lancashire nationalism sickens me. Shame on you.

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Anonymous

Rochdale, Lancashire, it’s alll third world as far as I am concerned.

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Anonymous

which of the bozo cabinet will get sacked first? any thoughts…………

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Anonymous

Buckland is so third rate. Non Oxbridge and then the provincial criminal Bar. He only became a QC on an ex officio basis. Embarrassing.

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Anonymous

He was privately educated amongst the poor in Llanelli and then he went to Durham university.

An interpretation could be that he aimed for power in Wales through a certain degree of craft, but was found suitable to form a phalanx with investment advisor and son of a Bilderberger, Rees Mogg, at a higher degree.

A triumph for a minor public school, rather than an embarassment, surely ?

Buckland is a triumph of the alloy of privelege, elitism and clubbability.

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Anonymous

I’m, sorry, could you attempt to say the same thing in fucking English?

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Anonymous

Yes, it looks like he was aimed at, or was aiming for relatively small time Welsh establishment.

He proved himself worthy of greater trust within the tink tank networks, until he has ended up alongside Rees Mogg.

Rees Mogg is dynastic think tank material, so it is a triumph for the minor establishment for one of theirs to reach such heights.

Mogg would be a high degree of craft, figuratively speaking.

‘An interpretation could be ‘ was used to soften the impact of the controversial assertion.

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Anonymous

Are you having a schizophrenic seizure while typing this?

Taffster

Llanelli the Llanelephant packed her trunc and trundled back to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch…

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Anonymous

No im not having a schizophrenic seizure. Look at GJ’s entry below, I hit the bullseye…

He was destined to become a provincial criminal silk, now he mixes with old Etonian financial courtiers.

If you give me decent odds, I will have a wager that both Bilderberg and Mipim are backing AI and this chap will promote it.

Do you think that after having made a living in criminal defence he is going to give his old clients a vote and lobbying power on the Equalities Act duty , by way of gratitude ?

Anonymous

Out of pure curiosity, do you wear a tin foil hat at all times or only when you venture out in public once a month?

Anonymous

Come on, what’s really the matter…on Legal Cheek twice in the early hours.

You have in your minds eye someone like McMurphy in the later pages of One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, i am not like that at all.
I happen to be correct, because I know what I am talking about.

GJ

Robert had an excellent heavyweight practice at the Bar on circuit, off circuit and in London, he was held in the highest regard by his colleagues, on all sides. It was only ever a matter of time before he took silk, which he deserved on merit. His appointment is to be welcomed as the appointment of one who is not only highly talented but also well acquainted with legal practice at the very coalface of the bar.

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Libeturd Leftie

And look where Oxbridge has gotten you so far… in this entire mess.

This Oxbridge obsession is pathological, I do despair.

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Anonymous

Indeed. Gone are the days when the Commons had really first rate barristers who could become Law Officers and Lord Chancellor. Sad that the role in this instance went to a provincial criminal hack who had to become a QC ex officio; it demeans the office and the rank.

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