In times of crisis, politics usually tramples on the law. But this time a fractured Westminster can’t even agree on the facts

Politics and law are entirely different ways of seeing the world, even though they bump up against each other all of the time. The lawyerly mindset emphasises precision, takes the time to be certain, and makes sense of everything through the rules. To the average politician, lawyerly arguments are finickity, pedantic and beside the point, because when it comes to the crunch, political will can sweep them out of the way.

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