Obviously, I meant to do something weighty and serious for the 500th post. But as luck would have it, the marvellous Last Week Tonight gave me a much better post.
If you’re not familiar with Last Week Tonight, it’s a show on HBO (and Sky Atlantic) which is a satirical news show. It happens to be both the funniest and most thought-provoking show on tv, and tackles really hard hitting stuff in amongst the light nonsense. It’s also presented by a geeky man in spectacles, so it is close to my heart in a number of ways.
On this week’s show, after presenting a hard-hitting piece on how mindless and stupid bureacracy has prevented translators in Iraq and Afghanistan who risked their lives to help US forces from taking up the US citizenships that they were promised, the show tackled the difficult issue of how the law can decide really very important things BUT it is really boring and dull to watch.
So, they took what was already a pretty funny case (is it Unconsitutional to ban prisoners from growing beards because they might hide tiny revolvers in them) and showed how you can present that in a gripping and televisual way. By the way, if you are drinking coffee when watching this, I am not liable if it comes out of your nose.
They also kindly provided raw footage and material on line, so that people could take the actual audio tapes of any Supreme Court hearing and turn it into this style of presentation, and people are already putting major decisions up on You Tube. NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL TRANSPARENCY.
I CANNOT WAIT for the next UK Supreme Court decision….