A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERIn the past few decades, legislatures throughout the world have suffered from gridlock In democracies, laws and policies are just as soon unpicked as made It seems that Congress and Parliaments cannot forge progress or consensus Moreover, courts often overturn decisions made by elected representatives In the absence of effective politicians, many turn to the courts to solve political and moral questions Rulings from the Supreme Courts in the United States and United Kingdom, or the European court in Strasbourg may seem to end the debate but the division and debate does not subside In fact, the absence of democratic accountability leads to radicalisation Judicial overreach cannot make up for the shortcomings of politicians This is especially acute in the field of human rights For instance, who should decide on abortion or prisoners rights to vote, elected politicians or appointed judges Expanding on arguments first laid out in theReith Lectures, Jonathan Sumption argues that the time has come to return some problems to the politicians


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