And be it the Birmingham Six, Bloody Sunday, Stephen Lawrence, the Marchioness, Hillsborough or Grenfell, he has come to learn one thing – that people power is unstoppable. Time and again he has witnessed governments, police forces, legal institutions and the establishment, try to block change and maintain the status quo in order to protect their interests. But almost every time he has seen that passion, perseverance, collectivity and courage create a powerful momentum which is increasingly difficult to stop.
In this short but powerful book, the veteran barrister draws upon his 50 years of fighting for justice and revisits his most important cases and clients, proving without doubt that when people get together they can make lasting and positive change. The power is in the people – not the people in power.
‘A lifetime spend fighting the powers that be and turning personal pain into collective power. Take care of this book because you are holding our history in your hands.’ – LOWKEY
‘Michael Mansfield is the greatest civil liberties lawyer this country has ever produced’ – Baroness HELENA KENNEDY of the Shaws KC
‘Michael Mansfield has given power to the voiceless, the innocents … For this, he too is a hero’ – JOHN PILGER
‘Michael Mansfield combines rare humanity with a brilliant understanding of the law’ – JON SNOW
‘A book of great importance … Mr Mansfield’s thoughtful reflections demand our attention’ – KEN LOACH’An impressive and inspiring read’ – DUNCAN CAMPBELL