The barristers are revolting

BusyBody was talking about the possibility of the criminal bar going on strike over cuts to legal aid today. “These cuts are outrageous,” she said. Particular as we are already struggling to keep our heads above water.”

“Yes, it’s time to man the barricades,” said OldSmoothie raising a silver eyebrow.

“It’s alright for you,” said BusyBody. “You’ve made your millions in the property bubble and left our generation to pay the price at every turn.”

“I hardly think you’ll be garnering much public sympathy,” said OldSmoothie.

“It’s not exactly the miners’ strike, now is it?”

“Yes, you can’t exactly call yourself underprivileged,” said HeadofChambers. “All the more so in this so-called age of austerity.”

“Though BusyBody’s notion of underprivileged is having to buy Kurt Geiger rather than her usual Louboutin shoes,” said OldSmoothie.

BusyBody was so angry she was struggling for words and TheBusker came to the rescue. “To be fair, the argument isn’t really about relative incomes. It’s about whether the criminal bar will in future attract the brightest and the best.”

“Well if BusyBody’s so high-minded and pious about it all, she shouldn’t mind what she’s paid,” said OldSmoothie.

“Yes, but it’s not about her,” said TheBusker. “It’s a free market out there and if the civil bar pays disproportionately more than the criminal bar, it’s clearly going to attract the cream.”

“Just as Manchester City tends to attract better players than Accrington Stanley,” said Teflon.

“Why do people always seem to pick on Acccrington Stanley?” said TheCreep, missing the point completely.

BusyBody started to find her voice again. “You’re a pompous, sexist, out of touch old fool, OldSmoothie. Slashing legal aid undermines the whole right to a fair trial and turns it into a right only for those that can afford it.”

OldRuin gave a wry smile and added, “It does seem ironic that with all the great social developments of the last half century, that old saying about justice being open to all, like the Ritz, never seemed more apt than today.”

“Reminds me of the French writer,” said TheBusker, “who said that the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor from sleeping under bridges, begging in the streets or stealing bread.”

May 23, 2012 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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