These articles serve to emphasize that excluding people from accessing the law is disempowering the majority and enhances the toxic fear that the government, and government agencies will not be held to account.
It is shocking to realise that state help is no longer available to right a perceived injustice whether of housing, welfare, debt, immigration, medical negligence, or family law – unless it involves domestic violence.
All this is the work of Chris Grayling, the most disastrous Justice Secretary from 2012 – 2015 who came to the post with only a vague grasp of what was involved and took a hatchet to a system that his successors have been patching up ever since.
In 2016, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas reported; “A properly funded justice system is a core function of the state…” that included, “…holding the democratic government to account and ensuring it acts fairly and according to law.”
The news items that should be right on your radar:
- Social worker failed to properly manage the records of more than a dozen families
- The Charlie Gard case is a sad reminder that the law is the preserve of the powerful
- Domestic abuse: ‘You’re most at risk of being killed when you try to leave’