According to this headline in The Daily Mail, a senior circuit judge has been ‘forced to resign after a passionate affair with a male prostitute’.
I find myself asking if the judge’s error was in having ‘a passionate affair’. If, for example, he’d done things ‘the British way’, and had a ‘mildly diverting’ relationship, would the judge’s career be safe?
What if, I muse silently, he’d had a ‘couldn’t really be arsed bothered’ relationship, would the judge be upheld for his emotional independence – and therefore be promoted?
Anyway, in other news…
I’ve noticed that the British Public Broadcaster – that’s the BBC to you and me – has made a recent addition to the page on the BBC News website where they carry links to the British national press.
Here’s what I mean (click on the image for the big picture):
Yep, along with national newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Financial Times and all of the usual (former) ‘Fleet Street’ titles, the BBC is now linking to…
The Jewish Chronicle.
Not The Church Times.
Not The Muslim Times.
Not the newspapers of any other faith-based sector.
The reason I’m bringing this up is not because I feel that all religious newspapers should be represented.
As a card-carrying atheist and a believer in a secular society, I feel none of them should be – not on the website of the British National Broadcaster.
And it offends me that the BBC have done this.
I feel a letter of complaint coming on, it shall be addressed to Mark Byford, who holds the post of Head of BBC Journalism and is also the Deputy Director General.
Feel free to join me.
p.s. Has anyone else noticed that within hours of it being announced that Roman Polanski is *not* going to be extradited to the US from Switzerland, Facebook announced that they will, after all, install a panic button for children?