Protocol 14

Russia has finally withdrawn its opposition to reforms that will streamline the European Court of Human Rights, long after everyone else had given up hope.

Not quite everyone, though. Remember, you heard it first here.

In a “keynote address” to the Bar Conference yesterday, Sir Nicolas Bratza noted that delays are steadily increasing at the European Court of Human Rights. Bratza is now the third most senior of the Strasbourg judges and a vice-president.