Why is the NHS ring-fenced but the justice system isn’t?

6 March 2015 10:24

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan MP ‘admitted Labour could not reinstate £600m of legal aid cuts imposed by the government’. These…

George Cruikshank's  bank note of 1819 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…

Ched Evans playing for Sheffield United in March 2012 (Photo:  Stu Forster, Getty Images Sport)

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…


Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the…

Boris Johnson Speech on Europe

Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the…

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The Abu Hamza case shows that Britain has outsourced terrorism trials

20 May 2014 20:05

It must seem awfully peculiar to Americans that it should take their courts to convict Abu Hamza on terrorism charges,…

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Books and the justice establishment

4 April 2014 8:43

Every politician who engages in major reform ends up with scars on their back. Tony Blair famously complained about those…

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Would prisoners kill for her wry, pungent volumes? Image: Getty

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their…

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How legal aid reforms are clogging up the courts

20 February 2014 18:27

Litigants in person – individuals representing themselves, rather than relying on a lawyer – have always been a feature in…

Assertive Blair

18 August 1979: Second class justice for immigrants

17 June 2013 16:12

Since we launched The Spectator Archive, the most read piece has been the first ever published article by one Anthony…


Harry Mount is wrong: Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms will damage justice

9 June 2013 17:07

I just wonder how long Harry Mount has been waiting to put his boot into the Bar. Having a first-class…

Abu Qatada smiles as he evades deportation once again in April 2012. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, by Frank Foley – review

4 June 2013 9:18

Have you ever wondered why we’re stuck with the radical cleric Abu Qatada? It’s a question the last four Home…

Theresa May sent a letter to Tory MPs today explaining why the government won't support a call to limit the options of foreign criminals trying to avoid deportation. Picture: Getty

Theresa May tries to deter Tory uprising on foreign criminals

18 March 2013 22:27

MPs are hard at work in the Chamber tonight: once they’ve finished voting on the Leveson amendments to the Crime…

The Conservative Party Spring Forum

Ministerial aides demand to support backbench vote on foreign criminals

18 March 2013 13:06

All eyes are on what’s happening with the cross-party amendments to two bits of legislation on Leveson, but this afternoon…

David Blunkett

Tory campaign on foreign criminals attracts huge support

12 March 2013 18:40

Dominic Raab’s proposal to stop jailed foreign criminals avoiding deportation on the grounds of a right to family life turns…

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Modern slavery: it happens here

11 March 2013 10:01

Slowly but surely, British court cases are revealing a once great nation of abolitionists to be a shadow of its…

An animal rights protester wearing an RSPCA hunting ban placard in 1988. Picture: Getty

Are campaigners using the criminal justice system to pursue their political agendas?

4 March 2013 13:12

Late last year a Judge in Oxford Magistrates’ court questioned the RSPCA for running up a legal bill of a…

'Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali had hoped to carry out a wave of suicide bombings in Britain which would have exceeded 7/7 and rivalled 9/11 in terms of impact and casualties.' (Stephen Munday/Getty Images)

What if the terrorists were Jews?

22 February 2013 15:00

‘Would you say the same thing about Jews? Gays? Or any other minority?’ This is one of the witless questions…

Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Secret justice bill unites senior Tory and Lib Dem MPs

12 February 2013 11:10

Last week ministers managed to rewrite some of the protections in the controversial Justice and Security Bill while it was…


As the most persistent private prosecutor, the RSPCA has questions to answer

29 January 2013 9:28

Parliament debating how laws are prosecuted is not a rare event, unless that is, MPs are pondering the role of…

Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Senior Tory mulls changes to secret courts bill

28 January 2013 16:15

After publishing a paper highly critical of the Justice and Security Bill this morning, Andrew Tyrie is now considering making…

Justice and Security Bill

The secret courts bill won’t enhance justice or make us more secure

28 January 2013 12:04

‘That Britain allowed itself to be dragged into complicity in extraordinary rendition – the kidnap and torture of individuals by…


See no crime, hear no crime and speak no crime

28 January 2013 8:55

In the current issue of The Spectator, we put on the cover four words that sum up the coalition government’s…

David Cameron has agreed to draft legislation on the Leveson proposals. Picture: Getty

David Cameron defends secret courts

11 December 2012 20:50

It was striking that at today’s liaison committee session the Treasury Select Committee chairman chose not to ask the Prime…

Chris Grayling gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee this morning.

Grayling defends stand-off with ECHR on prisoner votes

28 November 2012 14:55

Chris Grayling today defended the Government’s decision to square up to the European Court of Human Rights on prisoner votes.…