11th June 2020
This blog has been quiet recently, though not through lack of law and policy material.
The main reason has been illness – nothing too serious nor covid-related – but another reason is the fast pace of recent events mean that considered responses are often quickly redundant or at least stale.
My personal Twitter account has therefore been my main means of providing commentary.
There has also, however, been another outlet for my commentary – I have now done two videos for the Financial Times (where I have the wonderful title of “contributing editor”).
I have called these videos “guided tours”.
I sit with a document (but without notes) and speak away into a mic as I go through the document.
The Financial Times’ production wizard Tom Hannen then takes the audio and then applies it to a visual tour of the document which he creates.
The intention of these “guided tour” videos is two-fold.
The first is to give an exposition of a topical document by showing the viewer the way through the document for themselves.
The second is to use that document as a way of explaining things about such documents more generally.
The first document was Dominic Cummings’ statement, which I analysed as a witness statement.
The second was the recent quarantine regulations, which I analysed as a statutory instrument.
My hope is that we can go on to do Acts of Parliament and significant court judgments.
These videos were Tom Hannen’s idea and initiative, not my own (and so he should take the credit), though I instantly realised how they could be useful devices for promoting the public understanding of law.
The videos are hosted at FT.com and also free to view on YouTube – and I have created a playlist to which you can subscribe where I will add each video.
The videos, as with any novelty, have faults but the feedback from legal professionals, trainers and teaches of law has so far been positive – though that may be partly because the videos are a novelty.
Any constructive feedback and suggestions for further videos welcome.
Thank you for visiting this independent law and policy blog.
Please support the free-to-read and independent legal and policy commentary on this blog and my Twitter account either by the Paypal box above or by becoming a Patreon subscriber.
You can also subscribe to this blog at the subscription box above (on an internet browser) or on a pulldown list (on mobile).
Comments are welcome but pre-moderated, and so comments will not be published if irksome.