'What's it to be today, Sir?' 'Options?' 'Well, we have the usual of course: immigration outrage, racial injustice, free school meals for the poorest children...' 'Stop, stop, stop. Are you mad? All of those can be linked back to me. What else?' 'Ah, you want something a bit juicier, more conspiracy theory. How about the … Continue reading THE MINISTRY OF DISTRACTION


I stood in front of the bench. The sentencing judge peered down at me with a look of disgust. 'Do you have anything to say in mitigation before sentencing?' he asked. My solicitor had advised me against saying anything: 'Just accept the punishment. You were found guilty. The judge will frown upon excuses.' But I … Continue reading CLOUDED JUDGEMENT