Recently Lord Pannick said in a debate in the House of Lords: ‘There are countries where the Government win all their cases in court – but they are not places in which any of us would wish to live.’ Well, buckle up people, because the legal aid bill before parliament is a last call to all passengers on a one-way ticket to just such a country.
This is an extract from an excellent article describing how the legal aid cuts will effectively remove access to justice from the vast majority of people. If you read nothing else, please read Justice Gap - Jules Carey - "What price liberty? Too much for legal aid."
The organisation Liberty have said that ‘if the bill is passed without substantial amendment, big business, government and other members of a rich and powerful elite will be able to act with impunity’. How true this will be. The government claims