Wig & pen

Don’t moan about legal overreach—worry about our rights

‘Britain seems to be one of just three democracies without a constitution, alongside Israel and New Zealand. But, inside the EU, we are under a constitution, since government and Parliament are constrained by EU law’

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’

Criminal justice chaos

'The problems that plague the criminal justice system are not rooted in an imagined “Leftist” criminal justice culture; they spring directly from the near-obliteration of the justice system by budget cuts of nearly 50 per cent over the past decade'

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"