“Unflinching and brilliant”: Chambers’ Dr Sam Fowles’s book “Overruled” reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement

18 Nov 2022

Alisdair Williamson KC of Three Raymond Buildings has reviewed Dr Sam Fowles’s book, “Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases”, for the Times Literary Supplement. Overruled grapples with the erosion of democratic norms in the UK through the lens of some of the leading cases argued by the Cornerstone Public Law team.

Sam Fowles’s unflinching, brilliant study examines what has happened to democracy in Britain since 2010 as the notion of what is “acceptable” has buckled under successive tests.

Williamson commented: “Through the lens of cases in which he has acted, Fowles, a barrister and academic, sets out in four themes – “accountability, bullshit, centralisation and enfranchisement” – how the UK’s citizens “have allowed principles that were once inviolable to become contestable. Most people now understand democracy as little more than crude majoritarianism”. As if to mark his point, the then culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, popped up on the news shortly after Johnson’s removal from office to describe it as “a coup” and “anti-democratic”.”

Overruled is published by Oneworld, and more information on the book can be found here.

The full review can be found here.