‘Fluent Gaul has taught the British advocates’

Stephen Sedley

  • Early English Arbitration by Derek Roebuck
    Holo, 312 pp, £40.00, April 2008, ISBN 978 0 9544056 1 8

When the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested in a lecture last February that there was room within national legal systems for some degree of religious law for members of particular faiths, the country shook with indignation – not at what the prelate had actually said, but at the menacing story the broadcast and print media extracted from it. The Sun’s uniquely helpful contribution was a ‘Bash the Bishop’ campaign, corroborating Martin Amis’s suggestion in Yellow Dog about the way the red-tops view their readers.

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