Wednesday, 26 October 2022

A letter in the Times!

 I was very pleased to have the following letter in The Times recently:

Modern monarchy Sir, Alice Thomson assumes that as Britain becomes more democratic and modern, royal ceremony and dignity must be scaled back (Comment, Oct 18). As Walter Bagehot observed, though, the more democratic we get, the more ceremonial we shall get. It is not a coincidence that the pomp and bombast of the monarchy mostly dates from the era after the Great Reform Acts, as Britain became closer and closer to what we consider a modern democratic state. It is a sign of celebration of the institution of constitutional monarchy as the keystone of a democratic and free public order. It symbolises that, as Britain continues to change, we value more and more what Churchill called a "true bulwark of British freedom" constitutional monarchy. Elijah Granet Visiting lecturer in law The City Law School
The letter

Monday, 10 October 2022

An article for EU Law Live!

I am delighted to have written a new article for EU Law Live, on a fascinating point of regulation.  It can be read by clicking this link. 

Saturday, 25 June 2022

A letter in the Times on the legal profession

 I am delighted to have had a letter published in The Times on the legal profession.  It can be read below, or by clicking this link:

WHAT PRICE JUSTICE? Sir, It is ironic that a letter from so many QCs would demand special pleading (Jun 24). The lord chief justice cannot take aside in the Bar’s dispute with the government but must continue to enforce rules neutrally and without fear or favour. If barristers fail to keep the obligation they gave to attend court on a certain day, the lord chief justice cannot ignore this breach of the rules without implicitly endorsing the strike and compromising his neutrality. The direction that judges should sanction barristers who break rules is thus a judicial and wise course of action. That criminal QCs read this basic judicial duty as “intimidation” is absurd. Barristers may have good reason to strike but they cannot expect no consequences to flow from choosing to break the rules. Elijah Granet Visiting lecturer, the City Law School
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A letter in the Times on the Constitution

 I am delighted to have recently had a letter published in The Times, and even more it was published alongside letters from Jonathan Lynn and Sir Anthony Selden.  The letter can be seen below, or read at this link:

Sir, Clare Foges (“Johnson is neither good chap nor great man”, Jun 20) asserts that the depravity of Boris Johnson has made her doubt our uncodified constitution. Yet who does Foges think would write a hypothetical written constitution other than the government in power— ie Johnson and his ilk? Any codified constitution would be written in part or whole by precisely the politicians whom Foges deprecates. Consequently, a codified constitution would have risked Johnson’s (or indeed, Tony Blair’s) changes permanently binding all majorities and parliaments to come. Constitutional codification would thus be an enormous grant of power to the very people Foges rightly decries as unfit for office. Elijah Granet Visiting lecturer in law, City Law School
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A new article for the ICLR

I am delighted to have written a new article for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting blog on the interrelationship between the Crown and the law! It can be read by clicking on this link.