Stuart Hall, for five decades the voice of the BBC in Manchester has been sent to prison for fifteen months for abusing young girls. Now in his eighties,the light sentence reflects his age. Yet it sends out a signal to those celebrities charged with serious offences, the kind of sentence they might expect if found Guilty. Few will shed any tears for the BBC man.
It surely also sends a signal to Journalists charged with serious offences. The Public Mood is always a factor….as it was when Members of Parliament were being hauled before the courts.