I’m absolutely loving this. Judges often say daft things, but Judge Alan Berg is a smart cookie. Sentencing a man in connection with a head-butting incident on the Jeremy Kyle show, Judge Berg was right on the money:
It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil, often in some perceived or actual dispute with each other for the purposes of titillating bored members of the public who have nothing better to do in the morning than watch trash TV.
It is less a show than a form of human bear-baiting – that is how I see it – which goes under the guise of entertainment. It should not surprise anyone that these people, some of whom have limited intellects, become aggressive with each other.
This type of incident is exactly what the producers want.
Big up, Judge Berg. Now the Manchester Evening News reports that the city’s magistrates court will no longer be screening Mr Vile for the entertainment of defendants and witnesses waiting for their cases to be heard:
Mr Rutherford [the court manager] said: “In light of comments made by District Judge Berg I made the decision to follow this up by changing the channels on televisions outside the courts. From now on shows such as the Jeremy Kyle show will no longer be shown.”
Judge Berg welcomed the move. He said: “If it be the case that programmes such as the Jeremy Kyle Show are being shown on the TV sets outside the courtrooms in Manchester’s magistrates’ building and being watched by people facing criminal proceedings then I consider it to be, at best, unhealthy and, at the worst, having a potentially damaging impact on their minds. I believe it wouldn’t assist defendants in being in the appropriate frame of mind when they come before the court. This is the type of show that whips certain people into a frenzy.”
Finally, word comes through that Kyle is losing his £500,000 annual sponsorship from the government agency that runs Learndirect. That’s right, a body charged with promoting adult education was sponsoring Jeremy Kyle. At the risk of sounding like Richard Littlejohn, that’s something you really couldn’t make up.
Rud eile: I liked this article on Burma from Alan Bock. It’s about as intelligent a commentary as I’ve seen so far.