Thank you, Daily Mail – UPDATED

How would I struggle through the day without the critical knowledge that some pale, ginger actress who plays some girl who’s the current Doctor Who’s current pretty assistant dropped her phone the other day. Fucking world shattering events, eh? I just can’t understand why anyone takes the piss.

Even by the usual standards of sleb gossip this is poor stuff. And no, like the Diana underwear adverts in China, I just can’t arsed to link to it. I’m just going to sit here and think fondly of Daily Sport headlines.

UPDATE – Credit where it’s due though. I saw that thing about the Doctor Who girl dropping her phone after following a link to a Mail article from another blog and happened to notice the story in the sleb stuff they always put down one side of their web pages. For some reason I clicked the Mail’s homepage before leaving and saw that their top headline was this:

Lifted like a rag doll and hurled into cell: Shocking video of police brutality… on 5ft 2in tall woman, 59, found asleep in car.

Okay, it’s next to a picture of Liam Neeson and some woman – don’t care, didn’t read – and The Mail seems unable to decide if she’s 59 as per the headline or 57 as per the beginning of the article (all becomes clear later – she was 57 when she was filled in at a police station and is now 59), but at least a story about police brutality has got the attention it deserves. I suggest you go read it and be outraged by Sergeant Mark Andrews’ behaviour towards someone over a foot shorter than him. I am just about old enough that my parents brought me up telling me that if I was in some kind of trouble I should always ask a policeman. Now I think back on it they never said what to ask him, but I very much doubt they were thinking along the lines of ‘please stop hitting me, officer’, though being a similar size to the bastard I have little doubt I’d have got a shoeing from a pair of them. The only thing that makes the police look at any good is that the cop involved was at least charged and was found guilty, thanks in no small part to a fellow copper, PC Rachel Webb, who saw it happen, complained immediately and went to court to give evidence. That she was prepared to complain about and give evidence against a higher ranked officer (a title the bastard clearly doesn’t deserve) does show that they’re not all bad, but you have to wonder how many incidents like this might be swept under the carpet because junior officers fear retribution (probably the career blighting kind rather than anything physical) from the more senior bully boys or have ambitions of one day becoming more senior bully boys themselves.


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