No doubt the government's lawyers have reviewed with sighs of longing the system of secret justice as practised in Stalin's Russia; not only were the trials held in secret, with press and public excluded and all reporting banned, but the defendant wasn't even told that they were being tried. The first they heard of it was when they were being dragged off to execution or the gulag.
Our government's lawyers have had to be content with merely holding the trial in secret, or trying to do so. Fair-dos to the MSM on this one - it it wasn't for a legal appeal launched by three national newspapers (but not the BBC you note; our national news organisation must, I conclude, be all in favour of secret trials) I would not even be able to write about the proposals for a secret trial.
Again, I can add nothing to Simon Jenkins' piece in the Guardian this morning. Either Mr Jenkins or Helena Kennedy would make a truly excellent new Chairman for the BBC but neither will even have a sniff of a chance; the sinecure will go to some compliant dummy happy to preside over corporate decline in exchange for a peerage, long lunches and luxury travel.