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For all that we - no doubt healthily- find fault with some of the reasoning and indeed the rulings of our judges at all levels Lord Mance’s robust and unsparing dismemberment of what remains essentially Dominic Raab’s excuse for a Bill is a timely reminder of those aspects of our judiciary which we still far too much take for granted. I refer of course to its independence from the executive and the legislature, its underpinning integrity and its fortitude in the face of gratuitous and intemperate attacks shorn of all justification.

I am reminded of the refrain from Joni Mitchell’s song “ Big Yellow Taxi” where its sentiment has to me never seemed so timely or apposite, i.e: “You don’t know what you’ve lost ‘til it’s gone.”

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