Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, made a special appearance at a comedy night held as part of protest events against the government’s policies on access to justice. However, she wasn't there with a one-liner routine. ‘I'm not here to be funny, I’m here to be serious,’ Chakrabarti, who pulled out of speaking at the Global Law Summit earlier this month, told a packed Union Chapel in north London.
Justice Alliance co-founder Matt Foot opened the ‘Stand up for Justice’ event by describing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 as a ‘bully’s charter’. He told the audience the ‘best way we can celebrate the Magna Carta is to get rid of [lord chancellor] Chris Grayling’.
Luckily it wasn't all serious stuff, with a comedy line-up including stand-up from comedians Stephen K Amos, Sara Pascoe and Stewart Lee.