More Supremes

This week’s Times Literary Supplement carries an extended essay in which I review two new books on the constitution and ask why there has been so little public interest in the new UK Supreme Court, which starts work next month.

My attempts to alert people to this major constitutional change continue in today’s Law Society Gazette. This article includes further extracts from my documentary on the court, to be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 next Tuesday.

Top Dogs will be repeated the following Sunday and will be available for a week to anyone wanting to “listen again”.

My TLS piece reviews the masterly work edited by Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson and Gavin Drewry on The Judicial House of Lords 1876-2009. I had hoped to squeeze in a reference to Antony Lentin’s recent biography of Lord Sumner (1859-1934), The Last Political Law Lord.

Lentin’s book looks back to a time when a law lord could be openly political. My programme explores the thesis that taking senior judges out of Parliament may, paradoxically, make them more political than they ever were before.

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