This year's BBC Reith lectures are being given by one of the greatest legal minds of our time - Jonathan Sumption.  

His first lecture typifies the clarity of thought and communication skills of our top judges.  It is a fascinating thesis on how the scope of the law has grown in modern times; the creeping tendency for political decisions to be deferred to the courts, rather than dealt with in the correct democratic forum; and the failure of our system properly to recognise the trade-off between minimising risk and maintaining personal liberty.

Particularly enjoyable is the lively debate afterwards with the extinguished audience, including Baroness Helena Kennedy.