Ill-apportioned cuts to Legal Aid are greatly increasing bureaucracy, while corporate solicitors' work and fees continue to increase. Might not the Law Society tax corporate solicitors in order to pay for Legal Aid? Might not groups of 10 firms, both corporate and Legal Aid, provide for each other, and account for each other if something went wrong? Marriage is the archetypal civil society institution because it is fundamentally relational, whereas partnerships are "with a view to profit". All that I am saying is that that was what he said. More broadly, it will also be interesting to see how long he lasts as a solicitor, with splendid ideas like these.
In 100 years' time, we might even hope to see the United States in the Commonwealth. Britain must go on helping the world to develop the rule of law and so forth. Might Europe be remodelled on the Commonwealth pattern, reconnecting with its original Catholic Social vision? The United Kingdom and France are both maritime, post-imperial powers, and should therefore welcome greater bilateral military integration. Maurice added that the Armed Forces were civic institutions, repositories both of virtue and of skills.