The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Memory Lane

The news that Peter Mandelson, the Lord-High-Everything-Else, has had medical attention to his prostate puts me irresistibly in mind of the late (and poisonous) Evelyn Waugh, who said, on hearing that Randolph Churchill had had a non-malignant growth removed: "It is a typical triumph of modern science to find the only bit of Randolph that is not malignant, and take it out".

Some years ago Tony Benn suffered a rare neurological complaint, now happily cured, that put him on crutches for a while. A House of Commons wag said: "This is the first time in medical history that they have called in a brain surgeon to treat a pain in the arse".