It may seem ironic that the doctrines of the rule of law and the separation of powers find themselves under unrelenting attack from conservatives rather than anarchists. Actually, it’s not irony; rather, an error of nomenclature: those loudly proclaiming the “conservative” badge today are the true anarchists.

One thing that a person of truly conservative mindset -- and in particular, a minister of the Crown in Her Majesty’s government formed by a conservative party -- would never seek actively to do is to undermine the integrity of the Westminster system of checks and balances, which we’ve spent a thousand years developing in support of our precious democracy.