Further evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service wants to drop the “Crown” from its name: I have just received an invitation from the CPS and the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (which the CPS will be taking over).This invites me to hear Keir Starmer give the “Public Prosecution Service Annual Lecture”.

A sign of things to come? Or merely stealth marketing? 

Don’t worry: any change would require primary legislation. The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 says 

There shall be a prosecuting service for England and Wales (to be known as the “Crown Prosecution Service”)

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens