Lawyers do it standing on their heads

Some days I think that lawyers make better journalists than journalists do. Perhaps journalists would make better lawyers than lawyers do…?

Cases in point:

These are mostly (not all) about legal aid reform, but only because this is pretty much all I have been reading about this week. There is a wider point.

It would be great if I can write a blog post next week saying how pleasantly surprised I was at the excellent coverage (any coverage) of the second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. Watch this space…

Postscript – See! It can be done: Guardian editorial on Legal Aid Reform (26/6/11). Duly chastened.

Trying To End Things

I’ve had two very different articles published today, both about attempts to end things:

Those responsible for the latter could do to take a leaf out of the former: draconian powers, not to be used summarily…sadly we read today that the Government is planning to fast track the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – second reading on Weds next week. That is really, really shoddy: politics at its worst.