Letter: Tories before the courts

Sir: If and when the High Court finds against Lady Porter and her associates, the Prime Minister will no doubt be able to refuse any adverse comment until the Court of Appeal has pronounced - and then on through the House of Lords into Europe, if the Government has not ended British participation in its courts by then.

Mr Major and his colleagues have never been slow to condemn political opponents who find themselves in a similar situation. Nor, when the courts of first instance have found against his own government, has he hesitated to pronounce on the (de)merits of the judgments handed down, instead of waiting to see what happens on appeal.

Harvey R Cole