We’re at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, housed in a shiny new building which opened only last September, for the last of this series examining the relationship between the law and politics.
So far, Jonathan has questioned what he calls law’s expanding empire and the mission creep of the European Convention of Human Rights. He has discussed how best democracy can accommodate political difference and has warned the UK against going down the American constitutional road. Now, he is going to offer some suggestions to try and re-energise political participation, both in our institutions and political processes. The lecture is called “Shifting the Foundations”.
ANITA ANAND: Welcome to Washington DC and the fourth BBC Reith Lecture with the former UK Supreme Court Judge, Jonathan Sumption.
We’re at George Washington University, home to 26,000 students. Former alumni include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the former director of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover.
我们在有26000名学生的华盛顿大学。其校友包括杰奎琳·肯尼迪和前FBI主任，J Edgar Hoover。
In his series, Jonathan has been interrogating the complex relationship between politics and the law, suggesting that the Courts have become too powerful. Now he compares the constitutional models of the US and the UK. This lecture is called Rights and the Ideal Constitution.
ANITA ANAND: Welcome to the third of this year’s Reith Lectures with the former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption.
We are in Edinburgh’s Parliament House, a building which dates back to the 16th century. This place has long been home to the Court of Sessions, the highest court in Scotland, and here in the great hall we are dominated by a stunning stained glass window depicting the moment King James V confirmed the Court of Sessions right here in 1532. This is a place, therefore, steeped in regal and legal history, an entirely suitable setting for Jonathan Sumption to continue his series of lectures on the role of the law in our public and private life.
So far Jonathan has questioned what he calls “law’s expanding empire” and discussed how best democracy can accommodate political difference. Today he will be taking a look at human rights, in particular the role of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Strasbourg Court. The lecture is called Human Rights and Wrongs.
Walking by a bookstore I saw the cover of the testaments from outside of the window. I walked into the bookstore and bought one – I would rather have a paperback copy but there was only hard cover available.
In the following days I kept the book with me and read it when I had time. This is the much-anticipated sequel of the highly praised the handmaid’s tale after all. And it actually got the Booker’s award even before its publishing date!
Well, after reading it from cover to cover, I must say I’m disappointed.