A regular visitor to Zelo Street has found his morning more than usually exasperating, not least due to this BBC report of proceedings at the Inner London Crown Court.
In the dock was 25 year old Shamso Miah of Redbridge, having broken another man’s jaw in an altercation that started while both were queuing for service in a local bank. So what? Well, Miah was up before Judge Cherie Booth (aka Mrs Tony Blair), who decided that, as Miah was a religious man – he’d been to the mosque before going to the bank – she would suspend his sentence.
The National Secular Society, to no surprise at all, is not happy at this judgment. As my correspondent put it, “2010 and she’s still equating religious observance with virtue”.