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.

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"