The Justice Factory, by Ian Mitchell
Author: Ian Mitchell
Available on Amazon: The Justice Factory (second edition), Amazon page
Ian Mitchell, who lived in Russia for 12 years is somebody who many of us remember for his valued and erudite contribution to the expatriate community, not to mention his great company over a beer or two whilst discussing current events. He now lives in. Scotland, in the wee town of Campbeltown in Argyll & Bute with his Russian wife Tatiana.
Ian’s current publication is the second part of: The Justice Factory, his book about the law in the UK. This work is relevant to those us living in, or having anything to do with Russia as, he says, informed comparisons between the way Scotland is governed today and the way Russia is are made. The similarities, he writes, “are shocking.”
The Justice Factory is a book the judges tried to ban. The Lord President of the Court of Session tried to prevent his colleagues speaking to the author (memo reproduced within). Luckily, most of them had the independence of mind and character to ignore him.
Part I of this book was first published in 2014. To that is now added the entirely new Part II, which discusses in detail the threats to the rule of law in Scotland today. The developing crisis of legitimacy in government that we see in Edinburgh is mirrored in London, Washington and, especially, in Brussels. Ian Mitchell shows how these are interlinked narratives, and why Scotland today is in many ways ahead of the pack in its determination to limit the freedom of the individual in order to give government more room to rule by decree rather than democratically.
The Scottish government, like most others in the developed world, wants to replace the rule OF law with rule BY law. That is the dream of authoritarians everywhere. This is the first book to examine the phenomenon at close enough range that the reader can clearly understand both the politics and the personalities behind the creeping “democratic deficit” worldwide.
The Justice Factory describes the history of the rule of law in Scotland, from its evolution in the seventeenth century to its crumbling foundations in modern times. For anyone concerned with the future of freedom, democracy and a humane justice system, this book is essential reading.
Ian Mitchell is the author of several other best-selling non-fiction titles, especially Isles of the West: a Hebridean Voyage and The Cost of a Reputation: the Causes, Course and Consequences of the Aldington-Tolstoy Libel Trial.
Lord Hope of Craighead, ex-Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, has written the Foreword, and Alan Page, Professor of Public Law at the University of Dundee, has written the Introduction to part II.
Whilst living in Russia he researched his next book: Russia and the Rule of Law, which we look forward to reading in due course.