Category: Constitutional Law

Justice Secretary on prisoner voting and disproportionate force against burglars

I have posted before (here and here) on the appointment of Chris Grayling as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary. Since his appointment, two major issues that Grayling has had (in one case) and chosen (in […]

The prisoner voting saga, human rights, and the rule of law: the thin end of a very unpleasant wedge

The government has got itself into an enormous mess in relation to whether prisoners should be allowed to vote. Under UK law as it stands, prisoners are not allowed to vote in elections. But the […]

Hidden influence, Prince Charles and freedom of information

You may or may not think that having an unelected monarch as head of state is an outrageous anachronism. But, either way, it is hard to dispute that the Queen discharges her functions in a […]

Why Chris Grayling’s appointment as Justice Secretary is significant #2: The fate of the Human Rights Act

In an earlier post, I explained why the appointment of a non-lawyer – Chris Grayling – to the position of Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor is significant. But as well as being noteworthy because Grayling […]

Human Rights Act campaign

The British Institute of Human Rights is running a campaign against the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 – a prospect that is arguably more likely following the appointment of Chris Grayling as the […]

Why Chris Grayling’s appointment as Justice Secretary is significant #1: The first non-lawyer Lord Chancellor

Yesterday’s Government reshuffle is important (although perhaps not as important as media coverage might imply) for all sorts of reasons. For lawyers, one of the most significant aspects is the change at the top of […]

House of Lords Reform Bill officially withdrawn

In the least surprising news of the week so far, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has made a statement to the House of Commons indicating that the House of Lords Reform Bill is being […]