Foreign News: Laborites, Tories & Wigs

In Britain's courts the awful majesty of the law is made visible by the spaniel-eared, full-bottomed wigs of the robed judges, and by the pigtailed wigs and billowing gowns of learned counsel. Last week, in a committee debate on Parliament's new Criminal Justice bill, Laborite Emrys Hughes launched a movement to unwig and unfrock Britain's men of law. "These medieval practices,"* he charged, "are out of keeping with modern courts." "The whole method," chimed in Communist Willie Gallacher, "is designed to create a feeling of fear and terror."

A hasty coalition of Laborites and Tories rushed to defend the...

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