A ‘jazz lover’ and a ‘passion for France’: Daily Mail mocked over weak attempt to undermine Scottish judges who ruled prorogation of parliament unlawful

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Scraping barrels again?

The Daily Mail (DM) has found itself the subject of ridicule online after it attempted to undermine Scottish judges who yesterday ruled that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful.

In a double-page spread, the Brexit-backing newspaper this morning took aim at Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, along with his colleagues Lord Brodie and Lord Drummond Young.

It describes Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session, as a “jazz lover” who is the lead singer and bassist in a band called the “Reclaimers”. The article also quotes a speech he made in 2017 where he reportedly said that Brexit was “likely to be a very onerous task”.

Elsewhere, Lord Brodie apparently has a “passion for France” and “promotes strong relations between Scotland and France as head of the Franco-Scottish Society”, while Lord Drummond Young “wanted to give judges of the EU Court of Justice a say over whether Article 50, Britain’s formal declaration of Brexit, could be revoked.”

What appeared to a feeble attempt by the newspaper to undermine the judge’s ruling generated much mockery online.

“The Mail can’t even do demagoguery properly,” anonymous blogging heavyweight The Secret Barrister wrote on Twitter. “If you’re going to try to undermine the rule of law — again — at least put some effort into it.” Another Twitter user, Chops8592, chipped in: “A jazz lover with a passion for France would sweep up on Tinder.”

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The ridicule continued:

This, however, isn’t the first time judges have been splashed across the pages of the DM.

It sparked outrage among lawyers in 2016 when it described three prominent members of the judiciary (Lord Thomas, Sir Terence Etherton, and Lord Justice Sales) as “enemies of the people” following the High Court’s decision in the Article 50/Miller case. The newspaper’s former editor, Paul Dacre, went on to defend the headline, telling journalists at a conference last year that “the point needed to be made”.

It also described Sir Terence (Britain’s first openly gay senior judge and former member of the British Olympic fencing team) as an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer”. Taking it in his stride, Sir Terence later revealed he had a tweet produced by J.K. Rowling which criticised the article transposed on to a mug. His husband bought it for him as a gift.

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Sunderland Leave Voter

Couldn’t agree more with this. After a long day working with my hands, I absolutely love kicking back with some Jazz and pouring out a glass of plonk – that’s if I’m not in one of my holiday homes in France of course. This suggestion that there’s any bias towards remaining among the metropolitan elite is just nonsense! Classic Daily Mail!


Wee Jock McTavish LLB (Edinburgh)

Awae and play wi’ yurr haggis!!!



This is weak journalism. Go back to stealing stories from elsewhere, at least then they’re sometimes vaguely interesting.



Daily Mail = bad

Wow, well done. Please continue to supply me with your hot, hot takes.



Has to be said that a lot of judges are biased though, especially in the lower and family courts.



“I am struggling to work out what ‘Jazz Lover’ is a euphemism for” writes City Wag Flies.

I believe that it is a euphemism for another euphemism, namely, “a player of the pink oboe.”

They don’t need to bother to mock the makers of the decision. The decision mocks and derides itself.

Looking forward to next week.


Would have been more suspicious if he was writing for Legal Cheek.


Daily Mail AHAHAHAhahaha Daily FAIL more like! ahahahahahhhhaaahaha


I'm old enough to remember when LC didn't delete good comments

Hmm, criticising another outlet for its poor journalism. That’s, er… brave.


But they do read this comments – after wave of criticism (later deleted) Thomas started writing more regularly and resists from writing about the Love Island and poo (will see how long it will last).



Jazz mags. Ah, takes me back to my youth.



I happen to know that Lord Carloway’s band does not even play jazz music!!!! Still why let the truth get in the way of a bad story!!!!


Jeremy Corbyn

Jazz, passion and France will all be nationalised in due course.



Ah yes, the right wing daily fail. Ruperts trash papers to keep the elites happy. Tick tock. Read the daily mail equates to reading the sun. Both jargon



I knobbed a Spanish bird once. I suppose that would make me anti-Brexit in their eyes.


Don Murray

The High Court in London had already said that the decision to prorogate Parliament was purely a political decision and there was no legal standards in which to judge its legitimacy. The same decision had already been reached in the Scottish High Court. On what grounds, therefor can three judges, sitting in the Scottish Supreme Court judge it unlawful?
Is it not also true that the Queen, who has to give permission to the PM to prerogate can do so, if Parliament are at odds with the people, who are afterall the rulers in a democracy and they voted to leave the EU? This is the case now, therefor Prorogation was not only legal but right. My personnel view is that the three judges came to a decision that was not only wrong, having no basis in law but biased.


J E S Bradshaw

While fascinated by and grateful for your personnel (sic) opinion on the case, I’m content to await the opinion of the Supreme Court.


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