Matthew Scott

Britain’s constitution needs respect, not rewriting

‘Accountability is the antithesis of independence. Judges who hold their positions at the pleasure of the executive will be expected to please the executive. Which, of course, is the whole idea’

The War on the Firmest Bulwark of our Liberty

Prosecutors, judges and politicians unite to deny us the right to trial by jury. Yet, like democracy, it is the least bad option

What To Do If You Suspect Child Abuse?

Mandatory reporting of suspicions of child abuse may sound like a good idea, but it would make prosecutions less, not more, likely

Jesse Norman and Plagiarism: A Response

The MP's suggestion that I had stolen from his pamphlet rankled. I did nothing of the sort.

A Conservative Convention

'The European Convention on Human Rights is to a substantial degree a Conservative document. Withdrawal is a bad idea'

Hands Off Judges

The 'modernising' of the judiciary by politicians, and their insistence judges be cosy with senior civil servants, undermines a centuries-old institution

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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