It's been a good week for…

Hunt saboteurs. The European Court of Human Rights upheld the right to peaceful protest and overturned a UK court's decision to bind over hunt saboteurs Joseph Hashman and Wanda Harrup for one year after they blew a horn and shouted at the Portman Hunt. The European court said the bind-over orders were a breach of the right to "freedom of expression".

Mothers who give birth after a sterilisation operation. Gail Taylor was awarded a record £1.3m damages by the High Court, the bulk of which will go into a trust fund to pay for the care of her 10-year-old son John, who is mentally and physically handicapped. Gail gave birth to John 15 months after an alleged "rushed" sterilisation operation, which failed to adequately "clip" her fallopian tubes. Shropshire health authority was also ordered to pay £200,000 costs.

Lord Irvine. The Lord Chancellor used a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet to launch a sarcastic attack on the wife of Lord Richard, Janet Jones, whose diary was heavily critical of the cardinal. Irvine had this advice for the new Lord Mayor of London: "Never sit anywhere near somebody who looks as if they are writing a diary. Never sit next to a man who looks as if he has a wife who has nothing better to do than to sit up all night taking dictation for her own diary."