Privileges of Parliament

The Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division will begin hearing an appeal today by three former MPs and a peer who deny fiddling their expenses. The defendants are challenging a ruling earlier this month by Mr Justice Saunders that the defence of parliamentary privilege does not preclude their trial in the Crown Court. I explain the background to today’s appeal in my column for the latest print edition of Standpoint, which has just been published.

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