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Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies Relié – 3 septembre 2020
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Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people?
Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society.
Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge - worse, we risk letting them make us complicit.
Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds a defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy that is as entertaining as it is vital.
Description du produit
Biographie de l'auteur
The Secret Barrister is a junior barrister specialising in criminal law, and the author of the award-winning blog of the same name. The Secret Barrister writes for many publications, including The Times, the Guardian, New Statesman, iNews, Esquire and Counsel magazine.
In 2016 and 2017, the Secret Barrister was named Independent Blogger of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. In 2018, the Secret Barrister was named Legal Personality of the Year at the Law Society Awards.
Their first book, The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken, was a Sunday Times number-one bestseller and has been in the top-ten bestseller list for more than a year. It won the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2018, and was shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year and the Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
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- Éditeur : Picador (3 septembre 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Relié : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529009944
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529009941
- Âge de lecture : 18 années et plus
- Poids de l'article : 610 g
- Dimensions : 16.21 x 4.09 x 24.31 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 1,449 en Histoire, philosophie et essais du droit (Livres)
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While this all sounds a bit dry, it is done in an engaging, informative and witty style. The book has certainly changed my perspective on things legal, I only wish that Secret Barrister had been a history or Public Affairs teacher at my school 40 years ago. This is a great book and should be read by all UK students and people in public life - while it does refer in passing to international events and personalities such as Trump, the book's main focus is the UK and might well be less interesting and relevant to non-UK readers.
Thoroughly recommended. *Bangs Gavel* (and yes, that's a joke carried on from SB's first book which is also an epic).
The Secret Barrister looks at some of the worst excesses and forensically takes them apart. Here are just a few…
She* looks at the tragic cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans where there was disagreement between the parents and the treating doctors about whether to continue medical care. Both led to hysterical reporting which in turn drove groups of protestors to take direct action. There were even politicians in the USA talking about death panels in order to promote their own health care agenda. The Secret Barrister carefully explains the duty of the court and the critical importance of the welfare of the two children.
Other myths are similarly confronted. She explains the purpose of Personal Injury compensation – often to secure basic care. So, behind the media noise about a cleaner getting £9k for falling over a mop is a worker who has suffered an injury serious enough to merit that level of award.
The most powerful section, for me is where we look at the controversial topic of Human Rights which is the subject of outrageously inaccurate reporting. When Theresa May bemoaned that someone could not be deported because of their human rights she ended with – ‘The illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had a pet cat.’ It turns out that she was in fact making it up. He did have a pet cat, but it was nothing to do with the decision. In fact human rights are our rights and their importance to all of us is rarely mentioned.
Don’t even get me started on legal aid!
The law is distant and complex to many. It does lend itself to false reporting and misunderstanding. This book is the most important counterbalance that I have seen. My only regret is that the book will mainly be read and praised by lawyers – most of whom do not need to be persuaded. Will it be read by reporters and ministers? I will certainly be sharing it as widely as possible and hope that others to the same.
*The Secret Barrister is anonymous. I use 'she' because I imagine a woman's voice when I am reading the books. No other reason!
This book is a beautiful addition to the growing literary rebuttal to the persuasive ignorance encouraged by those who would prefer us blind and uninformed. it is funny, informative, aggravating and hopeful all in equal measure. It leaves you heatedly disheartened. But it's worth it ... and it's better than Easy Peasy Puppy Squeezy (unless you are training labradors).