The tone of Jonathan Sumption’s magisterial Reith lecture broadcast this week — in which the former Supreme Court justice charted the expansion of the role of law — was given pretty short shrift by a sparky audience who were keen to make clear that they were not intimidated by such an eminent figure. First Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws, QC, and Patrick O’Connor, QC, directed withering remarks at this embodiment of the English establishment for misguided nostalgic and tired neoliberal dogma. Then someone else suggested the expansion of the law was vital to protect minorities and there being too many lawyers in parliament. Sumption’s defence was that he was misunderstood and quoted out of context. Just wait until his next bout of evidence.
Source: The Times May 22, 2019 23:02 UTC