Evil Stalks The Land

It is easy to laugh at the English judiciary, with all those bewigged judges who seemingly know nothing of the wider world outside their chambers. But they know how to turn a phrase, those judges. With Nicholas Van Hoogstraten back in the news, it is worth recalling that many years ago he was described in court as “a self-styled emissary of Beelzebub”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s used that phrase ever since when filling in his “Occupation” on documents.

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