Rule of the Clan

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

Last week, David Cameron’s brother, working without pay, caused the collapse of a fraud trial on the grounds that, because of legal aid cuts, the defendants could not get proper representation. It is a challenge to government policy mounted by a senior lawyer who happens to be the Prime Minister’s bother.

It made good copy and briefly gave us all a good laugh, Cameron v Cameron and all that, but no-one really thought it was that odd. Family members disagree about all sorts of things and the legal profession has been criticising the government’s legal aid cuts for some time.

It might not look odd in this country but, in many countries, a public spat between two powerful brothers would be unusual. In some, it would be unthinkable. If the country’s leader’s brother were a top lawyer then the two of them would be in cahoots. Furthermore, people would expect them to be…

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