Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Robertson responds to Ivereigh

Geoffrey Robertson QC has responded to CV coordinator Austen Ivereigh's earlier piece in the Guardian's Comment is Free. He begins by seeking to discredit Ivereigh by saying "he is not a dispassionate commentator but a prolific propagandist for the papal cause". But Robertson could equally be described as a prolific propagandist for the secularist cause. Monitor is not sure where that gets us. But "Ivereigh is not a lawyer", Robertson points out, and therefore disqualified on such weighty matters as whether the Vatican is a true state. Whether Robertson has answered Ivereigh's central critique, rather than merely dismiss his qualifications to challenge the eminent barrister's assertions, Monitor leaves for others to decide.