Independent judges are no protection against bad laws, m’lud

The pro-government press has been fawning over an unlikely hero – retired British judge Lord Sumption. His Lordship pleased the poodles by writing a letter to The Times of London, defending his decision to carry on with his appointment as one of the overseas judges invited – one at a time – to sit on our Court of Final Appeal. Apart from a detour into Hong Kong history, which is both inaccurate and irrelevant – we became an ex-colony 24 years ago – his basic idea is that you can have an independent judiciary and the rule of law without democracy, and that this is still something valuable. In s…

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