‘Fake Law’ – the Secret Barrister’s defence of fake justice

Dec 12, 2020 by

from Christian Concern:

Pavel Stroilov, consultant to the Christian Legal Centre, comments on the new book by ‘The Secret Barrister’ – Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies.

A couple of years ago, an anonymous author published a book entitled The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How it is Broken. The word ‘broken’ here is a pun: the book argued that the system of justice was underfunded and altogether ‘broken’. The book became an award-winning bestseller, and ‘the Secret Barrister’ became a star of social media.

From this elevated position, he has now published another anonymous volume, Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies. The style of entertaining rants is similar to the first book. The substantive argument, however, seems to be quite the opposite. He tells us that shocking media stories about our shambolic courts are untrue. The justice system is not broken after all. The Secret Barrister claims to debunk, chapter by chapter, a wide range of ‘myths’ about the law: that illegal immigrants and foreign criminals cannot be deported because of the Human Rights Act; that people are sent to prison for defending their homes from burglars; that there is a lucrative industry of ambulance-chasing which has made the country paranoid about health and safety; that unelected judges attempted to block Brexit; etc.

The feather in the Secret Barrister’s new cap is his discussion of the tragic cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans. He claims to expose the ‘fake’ notion that the British Court condemned these children to death by authorising their respective hospitals to withdraw life support against their parents’ wishes. From the very first lines of his Introduction, the author captivates your attention first by narrating the horror story told by the media, then claiming it is all untrue, then keeping you in suspense for some 30 pages, and finally narrating what he claims to be the truth about it. That particular chapter is referenced most prominently in various advertisements of the book. That is its selling point.

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