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On tribunal fees, the government has been given a lesson in patriotism | Afua Hirsch

The ministers’ case was weak – the cost clearly denied workers access to justice. How ironic that it took the ‘enemies of the people’ to stand up for Britain

• Afua Hirsch is a former Guardian legal affairs correspondent

If courtrooms are part-theatre, then the supreme court has become the stage for a new, dystopian kind of play. Five justices, white- and grey-haired, a few papers and a single microphone their only prop, sat neatly behind a curved bench in an oak-panelled room.

One of the five, Lord Reed, proceeded to create a character: a single mother who works full-time and has one …read more

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