You'll have to read to the end. True story apparently, though I thought the correct form of address for a magistrate was Your Worship?
On the face of it, it seems a reasonable decision doesn't it? I mean, he didn't call the copper a c*nt, and that almost passes for restraint these days.
But there's the rub isn't it. What passes for restraint and civilised behaviour these days.
And that's the problem with these decisions from magistrates and judges. Each time they cede more ground to the barbarians who are taking over our public life and spaces.
Whatever their failings, it is the police who we look to to protect us from those who increasingly make our lives miserable with their self-obsessed anti-social behaviour. However, this relies upon them having a certain standing within the community that itself needs to be protected. Our legal system seems intent on doing the exact opposite.
Is it any wonder that criminals and thugs now show their contempt for the police and the law so openly and so brazenly? That they don't respect us or our property is a given of course, but now they no longer respect or fear the police and we are all paying the price for this.
After all, I’m sure his Honour cannot possibly be offended:
Oops. Or should I have shown the magistrate more respect than he’d demand for the police?
That said, I’m afraid he’s only confirming an unfortunate precedent set by others of his trade:
(Thanks to reader CA.)
Reader ex VicPol: