Downing Street has announced that The Right Honourable Sir Anthony May will be the new Interception of Communications Commissioner.
As his full title suggests, this is hardly the appointment of an outsider to the post. His background may be very, very establishment but at least it is also rather distinguished:
He was appointed to the High Court in 1991 and to the Court of Appeal in 1997. He was the Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division from 2002-08 and the Deputy Head of Civil Justice 2000-03, and a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (2000-03). He was the President of the Queen’s Bench Division from 2008 to his retirement in July 2011.
Let’s hope that means he brings a rather more critical eye to the job than his predecessors.