No more secrets

There are no figures to indicate the number of freemasons in the legal profession. Suffice to say, they are well represented among the ranks. Whether they will respond to Chris Mullin's plea to give evidence to the Parliamentary investigation of secret societies is another question.

However, some matters need clarification. One of these is the level of influence they exert on the justice system. Even though the Code of Conduct states that members are not supposed to use their membership for business purposes, the secrecy of the organisation makes an objective assessment of this impossible and the thought of judges and police schmoozing in secret is discomforting. If, as they assert, the purpose of membership is purely charitable, we should expect a good response to Mullin's request. It is in everyone's interest for freemasonry to be more open.