Ministers and the law

Chris Grayling, the man with a mission to cut legal aid, has just lost a court case. The court of appeal decided that exceptional legal aid funding should be available for those fighting deportation.

Not a big deal, you might think. OK, so a minister gets a bit keen, cuts a corner but also breaks a law, and the judges have to put him right. Which would be fine, if this was the first time it’s happened. But it’s not. It’s the seventh decision of Grayling’s to be reversed in court. He really does begin to look like a serial offender…