The BBC reports: The government is considering whether to allow some sentencing in English courts to be televised, it has emerged.
At first assessment it seems to be a sensible idea in part. It will give the public a chance to see how our criminal justice system works and is all very worthy. Many judges and experienced practitioners support the idea.
HOWEVER… this being Britain and the attention span for detail (and *fact*) being limited for most of us in busy 21st century online overload lives, I suspect that it will be a short lived wonder. The TV companies and tabloids will want corrupt MP’s, ‘paedos’ and the flotsam and jetsam of a Hogarthian nightmare on trial.
After the Olympics in 2012… we may well have a stadium which could be employed by a Coalition government keen to give ‘free bread’ to the people of Britain to distract them from yet another failed government. Let the Games…begin.
“Ave, Camcorderdirector, morituri te salutant“…
“HAIL..PM Camcorderdirect…We who are about to be sentenced as a spectacle for the British people, a once proud liberal people after the Second World War, the European Convention (which we had a major part in drafting) and the Human Rights Act, salute you.”
History is a wonderful thing… especially when it is used for brutal entertainment. Personally… I don’t care for justice as spectacle for the ravening horde. I thought we were were beyond such human degradation. Obviously, I am wrong. Mea culpa. That I am wrong and in the minority, perhaps, troubles me not a jot. Go for it… my fellow Britons… it is your country…democracy is great… innit Gr8.. ROFLMFarkinAssangeO…LOL blah blah blah?
The televised proceedings in the Supreme Court have been interesting to watch, but I will confess, I find it easier to read the judgments – fascinating though it is to see top judges in colour!
Again.. being Britain… we really do need a host in a tuxedo…. how about former hangman Sir Bertie Pierrepoint? WE could have a panel of judges in full kit with implausible names… Mr Justice Noose? and we could certainly bring in audience participation by reprising The Golden Shot…. “Up a bit… down a bit” … or at the very least…. “Ask the audience” from “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”.
That is all.
Meanwhile… in Rule Britannialand…