LADY Hale, or Spiderwoman as she prefers to be known, has become the unlikely star of a children’s story. Equal to Everything – Judge Brenda and The Supreme Court is written in rhyming couplets by Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch and illustrated by Henny Beaumont, whose work has appeared in the Morning Star. According to the publisher, the Left-wing charity Legal Action Group: ‘This beautifully illustrated, fictionalised tale tells the story of Ama, a girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns all about the work of the court and how another little girl from her town went on to become its president. Throughout the story we learn about Brenda Hale’s life – from school to university and on to becoming the most important judge in the land.’
Iain Duncan Smith has described the story as nothing short of pure propaganda. He told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The more that it becomes evident that the support group for Baroness Hale is mostly made up of people who are mad for Remain and people way out on the Left, it makes you question the independence of her judgment, particularly given the last case.
‘This looks like deliberate propaganda to bend the minds of children, which is quite wrong. It is almost laughable this kind of adulation takes place – but also dangerous.’
Cathy Newman of Channel Four News (she who tried and failed to trounce Jordan Peterson) says the story has nothing to do with Brexit and everything to do with creating a wonderful feminist role model for girls (around 9.42).
We think Judge Brenda’s next, more fitting, role would be a true-to-life casting as The Smug Menace, this winter’s pantomime villain. Discuss!