“fair minded and informed observer could not conclude there was a real risk of apparent bias…”

Hey ho, so the former Minister for Health Edwin Poots has won his appeal on the so-called ‘Gay Blood’ issue…

There is no basis for the conclusion that the Minister’s decision in this case was predetermined by his Christian beliefs and there is ample evidence to indicate that the Minister approached the decision-making by evaluating the competing factors before adopting on a precautionary basis the status quo.

“We do not consider that the fair minded and informed observer could conclude that there was a real risk of apparent bias.”

Of course, the matter is already about to move on. But as previously noted on Slugger, any ‘fair-minded and informed’ view would have recognised there was a risk and the Minister was not acting outside the parameters of widely recognised risk.

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