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Peter Cook’s comic creation EL Wisty once remarked: “I could have been a judge, but I never had the Latin; I never had the Latin for the judgin’. So I’d had it, as far as being a judge was concerned.” Cook fulfilled his judicial ambitions with Here Comes the Judge, a cruel parody of the former Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe’s trial in which High Court judges were caricatured as privileged, prejudiced and patronising. At that time, it was not entirely wide of the mark.

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