The little white lie that grew
"If you dig deep enough, you'll get to Australia," said my mother to my five-year-old self on the beach at Southport. I now realise that this was not so much a lie as an attempt to occupy me so she could get a bit of peace and quiet; for the same reason she regularly told me to go and count all the bricks in the house. I wonder if Australian children are told the same thing, rainy England not offering quite the same incentive for strenuous digging.
Here is a cautionary tale from Australia of a man - a judge, no less - who was in a hole of his own making, and resolutely refused to stop digging. There can be few reading this who will not recognise something of themselves. Clive James tells the story:
In a case which has deep resonance for Britain and the entire civilized world, the whole of Australia has been glued to the media in recent weeks, following the story of an eminent judge who has ruined his reputation because he tried to lie his way out of a speeding fine that would have cost him about £36.
At the age of 70, he is about to go to jail for a minimum of two years because he failed to cough up 36 quid at the right moment. >>>>more
Posted on 04/07/2009 4:58 AM by Mary Jackson