steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

Fine-tuning the Moral Compass

Three years ago I wrote in defence of Christopher Jefferies, a man accused of a murder he did not commit, who subsequently extracted grovelling apologies and (I hope) substantial damages from the newpapers who'd libelled him.

Today I found myself standing in front of him in the queue at a local coffee shop. I wouldn't have recognized him, except that while I was standing there he was accosted by a woman who introduced herself and asked to talk. And then - after all I'd done for him! - he had the nerve to agree and send her on into the shop to bagsy the only remaining table, leaving me to mark essays awkwardly on a bar stool like some caffeined-up Bob Cratchit.

Murder is one thing, but queue-jumping (even by proxy) is heinous indeed.
Tags: bristol, real life
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