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Wigs and Tories

Paul Foot, 18 September 1997

Trial of Strength: The Battle Between Ministers and Judges over Who Makes the Law 
by Joshua Rozenberg.
Richard Cohen, 241 pp., £17.99, April 1997, 1 86066 094 0
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The Politics of the Judiciary 
by J.A.G. Griffith.
Fontana, 376 pp., £8.99, September 1997, 0 00 686381 7
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... are the obvious people to intervene wherever ‘dysfunctions in the democratic process’ emerge. Joshua Rozenberg tells the story of the ‘trial of strength’ – ‘petulant squabble’ might have been more accurate – between the judges and Tory ministers in the final years of the Major Administration. At huge length he regurgitates the argument ...

Mischief Wrought

Stephen Sedley: The Compensation Culture Myth, 4 March 2021

Fake Law: The Truth about Justice in an Age of Lies 
by the Secret Barrister.
Picador, 400 pp., £20, September 2020, 978 1 5290 0994 1
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... of the British press. But SB reminds us that it was the Daily Telegraph whose legal correspondent Joshua Rozenberg resigned in 2007 when the news desk insisted on adding to a story he had filed on a human rights case a statement (which he told them was not true) that the decision could open the way for civilians harmed by military action in Iraq ‘to ...


Alan Bennett: My 2006, 4 January 2007

... in Parkway. They were old established colourists and had in the window a palette board used by Joshua Reynolds. Whatever happened to that? Further to the painting, though, for which I scorn to don the Marigolds, I am buying bread in Villandry when I see the assistant gazing in horror at my hands, the fingers stained the virulent yellowish green I’ve been ...

Criminal Justice

Ronan Bennett, 24 June 1993

... in their copy the substance of what they had heard, showed signs that they were being influenced. Joshua Rozenberg, the BBC’s legal affairs correspondent, began to wonder aloud about the significance of the wording of Lord Lane’s judgment. When upholding an appeal, Rozenberg said, it was usual for judges to ...

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