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4 July 2011

There’s been a lot in the news in the past month about Ken Clarke. Formerly the bedrock of the coalition government, he now appears to have become the fall guy – put out to provoke the public and move attention away from more salacious stories of corruption, sex scandals and driving dilemmas.

It was his turn though. Nick Clegg’s been through it and the other former ‘safe pair of hands’, Vince Cable, has already sold out on university tuition fees, becoming the hate figure for hundreds of thousands of students and parents. Anyway, only a week or so after the now infamous distinction between real and proper rape was made, I met Ken Clarke to put to him some questions about the future of the profession and his part in shaping it.

The Ministry of Justice is based in a 1960s concrete cathedral just around the corner from the three pillars of the British legal system: the Houses of Parliament, the Supreme Court and New Scotland Yard. But as I met the Lord Chancellor...

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