Tory Legal Line-up Unveiled

The Conservatives have now unveiled what we must take to be their front-bench legal line-up if they win the General Election.

Dominic Grieve is confirmed as shadow Justice Secretary. He no longer has to double-up as shadow Attorney General, a job now taken by Edward Garnier.

Their appointments are to be welcomed: both QCs are well respected among the judiciary. Indeed, it is hard to see who else could take these sensitive posts in a Conservative government. And it will be good to have an Attorney General in the House of Commons once more, an aspiration that Labour can no longer achieve.

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