Legal Aid cuts: Lawyers’ protests to burden prisons. Michael Gove’s heavy hand at play, yet again.

Legal Aid cuts: Lawyers’ protests to burden prisons. Michael Gove’s heavy hand at play, yet again.

First it was education, where his constant interference and shenanigans frustrated even the most respected of academics. Now it’s justice’s turn to face the gauntlet.

From next week, loved ones will be denied access to lawyers and in turn, due process to potentially thousands of people. Bails may likely be refused, and people, who may well be innocent, will see the insides of cells for longer than needed – and all because of the planned cut to Legal Aid by over 8%.

It’s not looking too good for Michael Gove.

We support the efforts of lawyers to do the job they’ve dedicated their lives to practising. We support the poor’s right to having access to the best lawyers. If lawyers are denied a decent living because they choose to help the poor, then it doesn’t sit well with us.

Funny how the Legal Aid bill is set to be cut by 8% but there’s a planned 10% rise in MPs salaries. The committee in charge of setting MP’s pay may be independent; MPs still have the power to legislate against it.

Did you hear about the man who told rich Lawyers to do more free work? Like they’ll listen to the man who attempted to sell off our nation’s treasures to Rupert Murdock and Co. That man was Michael Gove.



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