Democracies are increasingly facing threats from within, retired Supreme Court judge says
Recently retired Supreme Court judge John MacMenamin tells latest episode of Law on Trial podcast about the worrying growth of ‘illiberal’ democracies
Threats to the independence of key state institutions are increasingly coming from within elected governments, a recently retired Supreme Court judge has said.
John MacMenamin said there had been a “worrying” trend over the last decade of “illiberal democracies” where elected officials attempt to affect the independence of institutions.
“Democracies have always seen threats, pressures, from outside, but what’s unusual about illiberal democracies is that the threat comes from within,” he said.
“From elected governments, ...