Ex-Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption tells Stage 4 cancer sufferer her life is ‘less valuable’

Lord Sumption: when he opened his mouth, he opened a can of worms.

Are you losing any faith you have in our legal system,s people like Lord Jonathan Sumption in it? I am.*

On a BBC debate show, The Big Questions, discussing the cost of lockdown, he argued that he believed his children’s and grandchildren’s lives were worth more than his ‘because they’ve got a lot more of it ahead’.

It created considerable controversy when podcaster Deborah James, who has Stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer, said – well, see for yourself:

Sumption tried to justify himself:

He said: ‘I object extremely strongly to any suggestion that I was inferring that Miss James’s life was less valuable because she had cancer.

‘I thought she was responding to my earlier comments about older people being protected by a total lockdown which is causing immense harm to the young who are unaffected.

‘That harm can be to their mental health or through cooping undergraduates up at university or through the loss of jobs.

‘I was saying this should not be inflicted on the young to protect old people like me.

‘If Miss James has misinterpreted that then I can only apologise to her as it was not my intention to suggest she was less valuable. Sometimes on videolinks it can be difficult to hear what the other person is saying.’

But he did say she was less valuable.

Is this the kind of judgement he made in the Supreme Court?

Were cases decided on whether a person was “more valuable” than another – to society, perhaps? On what would that have been based? Money? Societal position?

And what does that mean for justice? That those of us who are poor, or don’t have a role that Lord Sumption considers “valuable” could not rely on a fair judgement in our court cases?

Don’t ask me for an answer because I honestly don’t know.

Members of the public have formed their own opinions (apologies for the fact that so many of them are attached to the same video):

Yes. And did he make similar decisions, on the basis of his own view of worth, while he was a judge?

If so, bang goes British justice.

Source: Lord Sumption tells Stage 4 cancer sufferer her life is ‘less valuable’ than others | Daily Mail Online

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1 thought on “Ex-Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption tells Stage 4 cancer sufferer her life is ‘less valuable’

  1. Julia

    Just a quick trawl will show that we should not be at all surprised with Lord Sumption’s comments. Many from last year regarding ‘infringements of personal liberties’, etc. etc. in relation to covid measures.

    Eton and Oxford educated. Secured pupillages through his father’s “string pulling”

    A personal favourite, in relation to the lack of women at the top of the legal professions “we have to be very careful not to do things at speed which will make male candidates feel the cards are stacked against them”….

    He defended Alastair Campbell in the Hutton Enquiry. Campbell described him as ‘having a brain the size of a planet’. His response to complaints about his appalling remarks this time don’t seem to come from someone with a “brain the size of a planet” :

    “If Ms James has misinterpreted that then I can only apologise to her as it was not my intention to suggest she was less valuable. Sometimes on videolinks it can be difficult to hear what the other person is saying”. (Maybe he has given Patel some coaching on apologies!)

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