It is with regret that I have completed my reading of another book regarding sad British History -- contemporary or otherwise. There is an especial irony here in that Americans and other nationalities usually give the British the highest marks for a standard of excellence in fair play. Playing it "cricket" as they say. Perhaps in the end, the only place where on which it is indeed played "cricket" is on the cricket field itself.
In another sense one can draw some parallels between the imprisoned frustrations of the fictional "John Bates" of "Downton Abbey" and the days of trial of and for Dr. Stephen Ward.
Dickens, himself, certainly called out much of the inequity of various British systems. There is only one "A Christmas Carol" and that was an uphill slog for Scrooge.