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In Tony Blair's day they would have been called Tony's Cronies, today perhaps we might christen them Boris' Buddies, but whatever you call them the Good Law Project is on their tail.

"Our application represents a challenge to the UK Government’s appointment of senior public officials without due process, neither equitable, transparent, nor competitive – a proclivity that has meant top jobs repeatedly going to friends and associates of the governing elite"

"it is high time that this practice ends and the best qualified people are appointed to the highest functional offices in the land"

Quite so.

But will the High Court agree?

We wish this case well, but would caution that even a straight victory would probably put no more than a small temporary dent in the workings the well-oiled machine by which the elite has been running this country since time immemorial. Still, it's a step in the right direction, and the more publicity this action gets, the better.