Johnson: The orator who does not care what point he argues

Day after day Boris Johnson and friends have called into question the judgement of the Supreme Court that ruled that the act of proroguing Parliament was void and of no effect.

The Supreme Court's judgement was argued simply. The purpose of proroguing Parliament is to prepare the outline of the legislation the Government intends to present to the new Parliament. A previous prime minister told the court this takes a few days.

This Government prorogued Parliament for weeks and did not give even the hint of a justification for doing so.

We all know the Government's purpose was to run down the clock to avoid scrutiny by Parliament of the plan (or lack thereof) for leaving the EU.

Now they the Government has lost, Boris Johnson and the Government have called into question the judgement of the Supreme Court and the right of the courts to 'meddle' in politics.

That raises the following questions:

If the Government had won would they be arguing that the courts have no place in this?

And if the Government truly thought that the courts have no place in this 'political' arena, then why did the Government even appear before the Supreme Court?

Why not just make the point that the issue is outside the court's purview, and ignore the proceedings?

No, it all points to one thing. Johnson is the orator who does not care what point he argues, as long as the crowd is with him.

His swagger suits his fellow ministers. They know only one thing - to get to the top and to sit there. He chose them well.

When the Supreme Court delivered its judgement, those fellow ministers shrank away from Johnson on the front Bench. Now that a a few days have passed, they have got their courage back and they are all smiles, sitting behind their champion.

Except they have no cards to play except bluff.

The end game will be interesting to see.