That's what I think of youse bladdy judiciary, ya bladdy Pommie drongoes!
Here, David Wooding, who has the title “Sunday Political Editor”, has penned an article headlined “Exclusive: Judges In The Dock … GUILTY, M’LUDS”, where he tells readers “MORE than 400 judges have been disciplined for misconduct - some for breaking the law they are meant to uphold … A court chief has been sacked, carpeted or forced to resign every week since 2006”. And there were examples.
One judge had “Given money to [an] illegal immigrant”. Another had “Fallen asleep during a trial”, while a third had “Four speeding offences”. Is “Falling asleep during a trial” a breach of the law? Getting a speeding ticket is hardly a sacking offence, unless you get banned and driving is part of the job. And “giving money to an illegal immigrant”? Wooding gives the appearance of trying a little too hard here.
Journalist and author Peter Jukes was not persuaded. “After [Telegraph] debacle, [The Sun] fulfils the [Sunday Times] promise. Public interest or private hit job?” he Tweeted. Note that he did not tag Wooding in that Tweet. But The Great Man was clearly alert - perhaps a little too alert. “How dare you question my integrity. It was an FoI put in weeks ago. You’re no better than [the] dodgy journos you pontificate about” he frothed.
And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, “Integrity” is a strange way to defend an article that gives the impression some of its content came from a few quick Google searches. And two, the information Wooding claims was the subject of an FoI request could easily have been obtained from a publicly available source - the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.