Black Watch: Today’s Top Stories
Flip Wilson made a career in comedy suggesting that his naughty behaviour was the result of satanic intervention—as in “the devil made me do it.” Were he still with us and following the Trial of the Millennial Epoch, Flip would, in the last day or two, have had several weeks’ worth of material handed him on a platter.
Bora-Bora was reliably described across the spectrum as the vacation from hell. The chronically cliché-ridden prose of Margaret Wente informs us this morning that Conrad Black is the client from hell. And, naturlich, we have Black and his associates identifying fall guy of the week Darren Sukonick as the devil that made them do it. Today’s most refreshing reporting comes from the Star’s Rick Westhead, who uncrated a couple of handwriting experts. On reviewing Lord Black’s cursive script, one of them surmised that, “there is intelligence all over this note. If he finds someone who will accommodate him, he would enjoy a good debate…” That’s the sort of straight line a Jack Paar or Johnny Carson would deliver with arch-browed deadpan. Like a lot of stuff in and around this trial, mere mortals like me simply can’t do it justice.