From Bystander T ( a wise and experienced old beak)
Back in the day, the Press would have someone sitting at the back of the court quite regularly. Sometimes it was one of the old hands, looking for a warm place to rest; sometimes a junior, sent to cut their teeth, practising the art. Rarely would a week go by with no reporter appearing in court. In recent times reporters seem to appear only for celebrities or other high profile defendants.
Then earlier this week, with a mixed list in the remand court, what do I see but two reporters sitting at the back. Examining the list I see a rather nasty sexual assault case, on a girl of 16. It is at the nastier end of the spectrum so is to be sent to ‘hizonner’ up the road. That must the case which has attracted the hacks attention?
But no. On consulting she who must be obeyed (the usher) we discovered that the case they wanted to see was a traffic matter. Some misguided youth was seen driving round with a blue light, à la politzie and had been stopped. It was his prosecution that brought back the reporters.
May I be forgiven for thinking this a sad reflection?