This chapter mines the political history of the last quarter of a century for insights into the parties' motivations. But though the confrontations preoccupied lawyers, they did not even register on anyone else's political radar screen. Histories, biographies, and autobiographies of the period (with the exception of Nigel Lawson's) never mention them. Promises and practices affecting the economy, health care, education, and crime may influence elections; legal services are electorally insignificant. This chapter, therefore, speculates on the implications of party platforms and policies for the positions governments took concerning lawyers. With this brief history of motivations, electoral strategies, and policies, this chapter turns to the way that parties, lawyers, clients, and the media played the politics of professionalism in the 1990s.
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