The joke that landed Paul Chambers with a £385 fine and a criminal conviction that lost him his job probably didn’t make anyone laugh much when he first tweeted it. His ‘threat’ to blow a snow-bound airport ‘sky high’ unless it re-opened in ‘a week and a bit’ doesn’t rank alongside the funniest jokes ever told. But the furore unleashed by his unamusing tweet has made English justice a bit of a laughing stock.
I didn’t watch much of ITV’s prime time drama, The Jury, last week. I was bored after the first episode and decided the other four hours required to see it to the end could be better spent. The reviews were mixed. Some reflected my view that it was unimpressive and unrealistic. Others thought it a good yarn with plenty of human interest and twists and turns to keep the viewer intrigued. It probably didn’t matter as far as ratings are concerned as the British public seems to have something of a love affair with crime and courtroom drama.