The Separation of Powers
Sir Stephen Sedley
On 14th January 2015, Politeia's new series with BPP University A Free Society Under the Rule of Law, will be addressed by Sir Stephen Sedleyon The Separation of Powers.
Montesquieu's remark that without separation of the state's powers there would be 'an end of everything' may have been an overstatement, but it contained an important truth. The separation of powers in the British state, while it has long and deep historical roots, is not a fixed set of relationships and may today be under critical pressure
Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC
Publication Launch 20th October 2014, 12 noon
As the political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, much work still remains in restoring the public finances, and another round of cuts is inevitable. In the case of justice, the authors of Magistrates Work! explain how savings can be made and the principles governing the operation of a fair justice system can be protected.
The co-authors, Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC, take stock of the recent closure of the magistrates’ courts, cut from 330 courts in 2009 to 240 in 2014. The consequences have been lamentable.
The Prime Minister has called for a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe, and all the main parties are committed to EU reform.
This week, Politeia published Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by leading EU lawyer and government legal adviser, Martin Howe QC. As author of Politeia's Safeguarding Sovereignty, Mr Howe inspired the European Union Act 2011. Howe's latest proposals have the potential to redefine the terms of Britain's EU debate.
Here Is The City's coverage of the pamphlet gives an extensive review of Howe's thesis.
NHS failings, including many which affect the day to day care of sick people, have been all too prominent in the UK. They have raised serious concerns about the standards of care in our hospitals and led to a number of official inquiries and recommendations. They have prompted questions about the structures for accountability, the system for investigating concerns and, not least, staffing levels.