DPP Supports Human Rights Shock

I enjoyed Keir Starmer’s lecture last night, and not just because he quoted recent comments by a “well-respected legal commentator”.

And I do not share the view that he is dabbling in politics: as he said, it is his “element of impartiality, of independence, of non-alignment with any vested interest that provides the public prosecutor with the strength to take difficult decisions”

All I would say is that he may be unnecessarily concerned about what an incoming Conservative government would do. I have analysed the Tories’ plans in my column for the next print edition of Standpoint, out shortly.

Dominic Grieve MP, the shadow Justice Secretary/Lord Chancellor, may talk tough. But the reality is that nothing will change for four or five years and, I predict, not much will change after that.

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