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The History Boys (and Girls)

A view from the North

History teaches us many lessons. Do not invade Russia in the winter. Never invade Afghanistan. Do not marry Henry VIII. Turn the television off before an English side start the penalty shoot-out.

When it comes to “bar politics” we should not be slow to learn the lessons of recent history. And we have been here before. The Government poised to make cuts, the legal profession up in arms. We have had revisions to fee schemes, cuts to graduated fees and cuts to VHCCs. We have had defence cuts, prosecution cuts then defence cuts based on the prosecution cuts.

So what has happened before when we have been in a state of such revolt? We have failed to act with unity. We have either been talked down by wise heads who think there is a different way or we have been defeated by a failure to act with common purpose. I…

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