Peter Hain has not, yet, deigned to comment on yesterday’s High Court ruling that his appointment of Mrs McDougall was “in breach of the Ministerial Code of Practice” and that the Secretary of State “approve[d] and sanction[ed] the swearing and filing of an affidavit” that “was ambiguous and failed to disclose all the relevant material pertaining to the appointment”, a course of action that resulted in Mr Justice Girvan ruling that “the respondent [Hain] failed in his duty of candour to the court.” But he may have other things on his mind.. including, as the Belfast Telegraph reports, the House of Lords decision to grant a hearing of an appeal of an earlier court ruling [one he did deign to comment on – Ed] on his appointments to the Parades Commission. Updated here
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