A plague on lawyers: STEPHEN GLOVER’s blisteringly provocative critique on the greed, self-importance and lack of scruples of Britain’s last unreformed vested interest group.
It couldn’t be clearer, this article: starting with Shakespeare’s “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” it makes very poignant points:
- the UK has more lawyers per head of population than any other country;
- their fees can run into millions of pounds;
- their fondness for money is matched by their sense of self-importance;
- the majority of judges think they’re under-appreciated and under-paid;
- individual cases of misconduct are quite horrendous;
- ‘ambulance chasers’ with ‘no win / no fee arrangements’ construct ‘fake cases’ or ‘competitive touting’;
The law is in many respects another country with its own sometimes impenetrable legal language, strange habits, arcane conventions, and, occasionally, unimaginable rewards. It is a world in which the leading lights — senior judges and highly paid QCs — take themselves very seriously indeed, sometimes complimenting one another on their allegedly enormous intellects in a self-regarding way, and assuming an easy, though hardly merited, sense of superiority over the rest of humanity.
A thorough inquiry into the legal profession would, in fact, be an excellent idea. The only trouble is that in modern Britain it would be headed by a judge.
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