Latter-day Jacobins


This from Burke’s Reflections on The Revolution in France, 1791:

Judge, Sir, of my surprise, when I found that a very great proportion of the assembly (a majority, I believe, of the members who attended) was composed of practitioners in the law. It was composed, not of distinguished magistrates, who had given pledges to their country of their science, prudence, and integrity; not of leading advocates, the glory of the bar; not of renowned professors in univerSitieS-but for the far greater part, as it must in such a number, of the inferior, unlearned, mechanical, merely instrumental members of the profession. There were distinguished exceptions, but the general composition was of obscure provincial advocates, of stewards of petty local jurisdictions, country attorneys, notaries, and the whole train of the ministers of municipal litigation, the fomenters and conductors of the petty war of village vexation. From the moment I read the list, I saw distinctly, and very nearly as it has happened, all that was to follow.

 Eight members of Citizen Blair’s Cabinet are lawyers by training or profession.


One thought on “Latter-day Jacobins

  1. Both St Thomas More and St Yves the Berton were lawyers. So were most of the Doctors of the Church e.g. St Thomas Aquinas, St Alphonsus. St Robert Bellarmine, St Ambrose.

    The reason the Blair gang are villains is not because they are lawyers but because they are villains. And anyone can be a villain – not just lawyers!

    Do try to be a little more balanced, old thing!


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