Sunday 4 December 2016

Justice needs to be seen to be done, but we're all talk

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

Perp walk: Ponzi scheme crook Bernie Madoff had to endure public shame in New York on his way to a 150-year stretch
Perp walk: Ponzi scheme crook Bernie Madoff had to endure public shame in New York on his way to a 150-year stretch

I spoke to someone the other day who was appalled, so he was. I knew this because he kept saying "I'm appalled, so I am", in a tone which suggested his disgruntlement should be taken more seriously by those around him.

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The source of his vexation was interesting - he was appalled by Pat Hickey. Or, to be more precise, he was appalled by Pat Hickey's ­treatment at the hands of the ­Brazilian authorities.

Hickey was an old man, he said. He had done a lot for the country, he said (I don't have enough fingers to count the number of athletes who might take issue with that position).

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