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Fake Law

The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies
Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

Could the courts really order the death of your innocent baby? Was there an illegal immigrant who couldn't be deported because he had a pet cat? Are unelected judges truly enemies of the people?

Most of us think the law is only relevant to criminals, if we even think of it at all. But the law touches every area of our lives: from intimate family matters to the biggest issues in our society. 

Our unfamiliarity is dangerous because it makes us vulnerable to media spin, political lies and the kind of misinformation that frequently comes from other loud-mouthed amateurs and those with vested interests. This 'fake law' allows the powerful and the ignorant to corrupt justice without our knowledge - worse, we risk letting them make us complicit. 

Thankfully, the Secret Barrister is back to reveal the stupidity, malice and incompetence behind many of the biggest legal stories of recent years. In Fake Law, the Secret Barrister debunks the lies and builds an hilarious, alarming and eye-opening defence against the abuse of our law, our rights and our democracy.

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An important analysis of current justice

I’ve felt that the present government, more than any I have experienced, has been eroding democracy and our rights as citizens and is moving toward political appointments to the judiciary, aided by the mainstream media and far-right agitators. This is a timely analysis of recent events and the acceptance by many people of dubious political actions. Few of us know much about the law, including many prominent politicians. A catchy headline wins out over respect for the rule of law, “facts” often turn out to be misrepresentation or downright lies.
This is not a dull book, and is presented with passion tempered by reason.

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Disappointing

Let me firstly say, the first book in this series, is excellent balanced and informative.

This book, in my opinion, is a rant, and a very drawn out deep criticism of the right wing media. And I believe a holy one sided agrument.

I expected a much more balanced view. And I hoped in someway, this book would highlight, some of the very serious problems in our justice system.

My interpretation was in each chapter, there is severe criticism of the right wing media and very little on anything else.
Fake news comes from all sides of the politically divided media.


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Well written & well read.

Cogent and insightful. The Secret Barrister demonstrates a wide reach and secure grasp of difficult problems. They have an enviable ability to make the complex issues accessable for those not legally trained.

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Excellent, very thought provoking, didn’t disappoint

Binge listened to this book which I really enjoyed. A great run through some of the most ridiculous and depressing episodes in legal reporting with a good measure of dry humour. Would heartily recommend.

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Identity should be revealed!

Apologist heart on sleeve rotten rant. Views spun in a way the author is critical of throughout this pompous naive tosh. Please reveal who you are just in case I need representation in the future and can decline ur services. Have to confess I enjoyed the secret barrister but this a personal subjective trawl through recent topics of the authors choosing leaving no doubt which side of the political divide they are from. Not much legal perspective is evident just the need to make their point again again and monotonously again. Will not be subjecting myself to any future titles from the same pen

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Good rant on a worthy subject

Like his previous book this is excellent, and the narrator does an great job capturing the professional anger behind the stories told.

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Brilliant truely brilliant

If any book deserves 5 stars this is it. Read, mark learn and internally digest this material.

I personally think it should be a study text in school and will be recommending to my child's school


simply thank you Secret Barrister & your long suffering significant other.

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Second startling volume from the Caped Crusader

This is the follow to the Secret Barrister's 2018 book Stories of the Law and How It's Broken. In this second tome, we hear from our Caped Crusader how media spin creates a false impression of the law and the theme is misinformation in our justice system. We learn how many form their opinion on the UK justice system from what they have read, or heard regurgitated from, the frothier wing of our tabloid press. Many of our politicians either deliberately not understanding or simply being un-informed about how justice works and legal aid in particular has become a soft target for reform and there is a growing trend for the press and pressure groups trying to influence judges regarding sentencing. Legal aid budgets have been a soft target for cuts from all parties in recent years and the author explains the devastating impact this is having and how many of the most vulnerable people in society are no longer able to afford justice.

Our mysterious author rallies against the erosion of human rights and how there is a common perception that the European Court of Human Rights is biased against the UK and goes to prove that it is not and gives examples of several high profile cases where justice has been restored to UK citizens that would not have been achieved through the UK courts.
Reading / listening to this book it is shocking how much disinformation there is regarding our justice system. The legal system needs to be open, transparent and accessible and is owned by all who have a stake in it. The author asks why any government would want its citizens to have fewer rights. There is certainly need for more education regarding the mechanisms of how justice works in the UK and I would recommend anyone who is interested in this subject should read this book.

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Required Reading for All

Loved it, as the first. Strongly recommended. I would suggest that this book features on every secondary school required reading list.

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As one would expect

Again the Secret Barrister has produced a work of art to take something as complex as our legal system and to point out the issues in a manner which would be understood by the learned, the other so qualified and the lay person. They tackle the important issues imperative to our understanding the relationship between politics, rule of law and the media. A delegate balance where if done right gives us checks and balances, but if done wrongly sends us into the realm of degradation of law and a loss of democracy.