Brits trust judges more than politicians. Sorry, Theresa

As Article 50 hits the Supreme Court, who are the 'enemies of the people'?


As their Article 50 appeal begins today in the Supreme Court, new research ought to give pause to government ministers who are wobbly on the concept of judicial independence.

Polling by Ipsos MORI for Mumsnet released yesterday finds judges are more trusted than government ministers by the general public.

Eighty-one per cent said they would ‘generally trust’ judges to tell the truth, as compared to just 20 per cent for government ministers, and 15 per cent for politicians generally.


Theresa May and her ilk were well below lawyers, bankers, and estate agents, while nurses topped the list at 93 per cent, followed by doctors and teachers.

Judges were the fourth most trusted profession, ahead of scientists, the police and the clergy. So much for being ‘enemies of the people’!

Looks like Brits haven’t ‘had enough of experts’.

It’s almost as if right-wing populists don’t really speak for the people when they trash institutions Tories used to defend.

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

See: The media has declared war on the judiciary. What now?

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7 Responses to “Brits trust judges more than politicians. Sorry, Theresa”

  1. Fred

    More hypocrisy from Adam Barnett, as usual.

    For instance, when it serves his class-war agenda, he loves to tell us that the judiciary don’t represent the people because most of them come from public schools. Or, if the government turned to the courts to enforce something he considered to be anti–trade union he would be on here telling us that the Tory party is using its friends in the old boy network to repress the workers and keep the status quo.

  2. Fred

    What’s more, your point is irrelevant.

    The relevant question is not, “Do you trust judges to tell the truth?” it’s “should judges be asked the question?” which is completely different.

  3. GodfreyR

    These political judges are going to bring the whole judicial system into disrepute. They should be totally independent of politics.

  4. Fred

    And finally, there’s a deep irony in your article, in that you’re not above using ‘populism’ (a survey of what most people believe’) when you think it supports your views, but constantly criticize the notion of populism when it’s supports something you don’t.

  5. Fred

    It would be great if you responded to these points, Adam Barnett. I would love to hear your response.

  6. Anon

    Yeh, but do we trust Mumsnet?

    I note that 42% don’t trust pollsters.

    Judges, like our Parliamentarians, are trusted by very few outside their bubble.

    It is also strange that the view of the plebs on the subject of trust in judges is important to the author of this post, and yet when that same public votes for Brexit, we are living in a ‘fake news’ ‘post truth’ Zeitgeist and their view is mistaken.

  7. NHSGP

    Looking forward to the result. If it goes against the government, then Brexiteers will go to the high court to get us out of the EU on the grounds that we joined illegally. ie.Royal prerogative signed the treaty before parliament had their say.

    The irony is so good on that one, it just has to be done.

    In other word’s remain are damned which ever way you look at it.

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