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Mutiny, chaos and white-noise politics: is anyone in control? Mark Hatcher presents a parliamentary vignette on the eve of the crushing Brexit vote 

21 January 2019
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As 2018 draws to a close, Mark Hatcher reflects on Brexit’s heavy toll, a tumultuous year at Westminster and a glimmer of hope for the criminal justice system 

13 December 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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Post-Justice Week, Mark Hatcher is cautiously optimistic: frank exchanges at the MoJ accounts evidence session suggest that Westminster is finally getting the message

28 November 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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Panto season as politicians struggle with the biggest set of challenges since 1945; and will opportunity knock for justice in October’s Budget? Mark Hatcher is concerned  

29 October 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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It’s stop-start at Westminster. The flame of legal aid continues to flicker but public attention is focusing Ministry minds. Mark Hatcher examines state of play  

28 September 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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‘Houdini May’ may yet escape from her Brexit box, but Mark Hatcher hopes the PM will use the recess to reflect on the place of justice in the government’s agenda  

27 July 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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As the Bar leaders’ evidence cuts to the core on what’s wrong with the criminal justice system, Mark Hatcher puts his hope in Gauke to deliver a larger share for justice  

29 June 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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The criminal Bar’s future occupies hearts and minds; is it too much to hope the MoJ wakes up and smells the coffee from its spanking-new reception, asks Mark Hatcher  

01 June 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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Parliamentary awareness of the justice crisis is building but it’s hardly registering with voters. We need to explain in vivid terms why it matters to us all, says Mark Hatcher  

30 April 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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Mark Hatcher weighs the value of select committees’ ‘pester power’ in securing positive change – not least for the Bar. Why then so little scrutiny of their impact?  

20 March 2018 / Mark Hatcher
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