Following the publication of the Ministry of Justice consultation document, Transforming legal aid, a lot has been written about the potential impact on our criminal justice system. Most of this has been written by lawyers and it is only in the last few days that journalists have started to show anything more than a passing interest.
As a criminal defence barrister’s wife I have a unique perspective on these matters. I hope that sharing it will help to dispel two of the myths that the public have long been fed by politicians and elements of the media. I hope that it might do something to help members of the public understand that people like my husband are their only protection against the might of the state, and that implementation of the proposals in the consultation document would render them all but defenceless. I hope that it will encourage more people to write to their MPs and to sign the Save UK Justice epetition
I have opted to remain anonymous because there are thousands of wives, girlfriends, husbands, boyfriends, partners, mums, dads, children who could write this, or something like it, about the lawyers in their lives.
My next two posts will be about my thoughts on two of the most widely held beliefs:
The myth of the “fat cat” lawyer – milking the system so his bank account is swollen with what he has all but stolen from the hardworking taxpayer, in exchange for doing nothing but prancing about in a silly outfit and exchanging inanities with other similarly dressed individuals.
The myth of the “criminal” – that the accused is always guilty, and that these lowlife scumbags make possible the lawyers’ profiteering