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Times columnist and News Quiz regular Hugo Rifkind explores how powerful judges actually are.

Who, in modern Britain, has power? That's the question Hugo Rifkind asks in this new series of stand-up journalism. Each week, Hugo looks at a group of people generally consider powerful, and examines what they actually can and can't do.

Hugo ought to know about power. Born into a political family, he attended Cambridge and has spent 18 years writing for The Times. During that period, he has met prime ministers, royalty, Eurocrats, lawyers, judges, celebrities, billionaires and, of course, other members of the media elite - including his fellow regular panellists on The News Quiz. Yet in all that time, none of these people have seemed truly to be ruling the world.

And if they aren't, who is?

This week, Hugo looks at the power of judges. He speaks to former Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, former President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger, and the anonymous blogger and author The Secret Barrister - and attempts to determine what level of influence they wield.

Presented by Hugo Rifkind
Written by Hugo Rifkind and James Kettle
Reader: Susan Rae
Produced by Ed Morrish

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4

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