MPs' decision to support the use of secret evidence in some trials (M Star March 6) brings to mind EP Thompson's Making of the English Working Class.
His book, published 50 years ago, makes some observations that are still relevant.
Thompson notes that from the 1790s onwards the rule of law was regarded as the "defence against arbitary power" of the freeborn Englishman and woman.
One wonders how many MPs currently in Parliament have so much as glanced at the book?
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