I have been relatively chilled out recently whilst watching the ongoing ACPO debacle in the Met over the phone hacking thinking about how nice it is for senior officers to face the type of crap we ordinary cops face. However, we are facing them at the sharp end rather than at some pre-arranged afternoon luncheon paid for by the press or some other ACPO meeting which must be held to prevent the end of the world. Then I read the Daily Wail Mail and nearly choked on my porridge. I’ll provide a link to the story…. here ….. before I go on.
This is a story about a Judge called Mary Jane Mowat who, in sentencing a paedophile teacher, said in court that, “I don’t criticise you for being a teacher who’s attracted to children.” She went on to say, “Many teachers are but they keep their urges under control both when it comes to children and when it comes to images of children.”
Now, I don’t pass comment on the crime or the sentencing but I do wonder at the intelligence of a Judge who makes a remark like that. Surely, to become a Judge someone has to have sufficient intelligence and be educated at the same time. How can she be allowed to remain in charge of the serious business of presiding over criminal trials?
As you all know, in the police an erroneous remark is career threatening for the Federated ranks. Particularly so when the remark is embarrassing and offends the high moralistic thoughts of the ACPO brigade. I wonder why there is no similar application of public justice to barmpot judges who make similarly stupid comments!
We all know that when a police officer uses his powers to his own ends he faces criminal charges of Misconduct in a Public Office amongst other matters. However, Judges can seemingly use their own courts to provide extra protection of their own extra marital affairs. Sir Nicholas Mostyn dumped his wife for that woman whose barrister husband was shot dead by the police in London when he was firing/aiming a shotgun out of the window of his home address. She had worked closely with him in the past and the belief is that they were an item during the Inquest where they tried to criticise the police actions.
According to the Daily
Wail Mail (I know this is 2 quotes in a post ~ I am not becoming a right wing believer, honestly) Mrs Mostyn is concerned that the judiciary are closing ranks on her and she is not getting a fair and even handed, independent hearing. Extra Marital affairs are an interesting topic because we all know that Police officers of Inspector and below cannot have them for fear of being disciplined. However, anyone above this rank can “dip their wick” with complete abandon and so it seems can the judiciary. They will all close ranks and refuse to comment, deny it and take extraordinary legal steps to gag the whistleblower.
In closing, I refer you, dear reader, back to the furore of the Protection Officer having an affair with Alan Johnson MP’s wife. Were there not calls for him to be publicly flogged because of his transgression? It was outrageous that a mere Constable had fallen for another human being who he knew and had worked with. So much so that he was suspended whilst being investigated.
I wait for news from the Mr Mostyn employment front although I will not be holding my breath that it will be consistent with the treatment of another Crown Official.