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In calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, Richard Bagley (The Lawyer 10 October), misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The Secretary General carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct.
If the Law Society presidents were appointed for half-a-decade at a time, they would instantly cease to be accountable for their policy decisions to an electorate comprising Britain's last remaining closed shop. I suggest to Mr Bagley that his proposal would instantly transform the Law Society from a representative democracy into a dictatorship.
I abhor all that Martin Mears and his coterie of supporters stand for. Nevertheless, I fully accept that he was fairly and democratically elected by my peers in the society's rank and file. All that I ask for, in the same spirit of fairness and democracy, is an opportunity to replace him by electing a better candidate next summer.