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Blind justice: Now, thanks to the Tories, it is also deaf to the appeals of the poor.

It is exactly as This Writer warned, back in 2013.

In an article in February of that year, I wrote: “This vindictive government of millionaires intends to make it impossible for the poorest and most vulnerable in society to seek legal redress against cruel and unwarranted decisions that will withdraw from them the money they use to keep themselves a hairs-breadth away from destitution.

“It is a decision to attack the poor for the fun of it.”

Would you like to know why?

Because, according to Lord Bach, who was quoted in the article: “This is not likely to be a saving at all in the end.

“The state… will eventually have to pick up the pieces when things get much worse than they need to. How can the Minister or any government justify this either in terms of common decency, which should appeal to this House and normally does, or even under the rule of law?”

The Conservatives must be delighted.

They have succeeded in depriving the poor of access to justice, meaning that they have succeeded in perverting the justice system to serve the whims of the rich, allowing them to exploit the poor and vulnerable without fear of prosecution for it.

British justice is no longer blind; it is deaf and dumb as well.

Ministers have admitted that the number of legal aid providers across England and Wales have been cut by 20% in just five years, removing a lifeline for people facing family break-up, housing problems or challenges with benefits assessments.

The Law Society warned that hidden behind the figures, which were obtained from government by the Labour party, were hundreds of thousands of people missing out on much-needed support.

Justice minister Sam Gyimah published statistics that showed a dramatic decline in legal providers across all regions of the country – with Wales showing the largest drop of 29%. The figures were also high in the south-west (28%), the north-west (27%) and Merseyside (24%).

Shadow justice minister Gloria De Piero, who obtained the figures through a parliamentary written question, said: “How much you earn shouldn’t make a difference to whether you can get legal advice on a bad landlord or a protection order against an abuser, but it’s clear that the government’s cuts to legal aid are making it harder for people to access justice.”

Source: Number of legal aid providers falls 20% in five years, figures show | Law | The Guardian


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