This is the first of a new public law blog, Res Publica, written by the public law team at Kent University. As such it may seem a little presumptuous to use our initial tentative posting to offer up legal advice to the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland. The Attorney General is, after all, at the heart of the law. In the domestic sphere she is the law, the government’s adviser and the person who superintends its prosecutors. Yet, as we write, the full rigour of the law is – presumably – about to come crashing down on her because she hired an illegal migrant worker as her housekeeper – a woman who allegedly came to Britain some years ago on a 6-month student visa and had no right to remain.