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Not to be trifled with

19 September 2011

I had sleepless nights over trifles. It just wasn’t right that the law should not concern itself with trifles. It seemed so arbitrary and unfair that, of all the desserts available for consumption, some high-minded judge somewhere decided, for no obvious reason, to home in on one of my favourites. Why couldn’t the law adopt the same attitude to lumpy custard or spotted dick (which has far more menacing connotations)?

And it means, for all time, that if anyone were to choke on a trifle, or assault or – worse – murder another man with a trifle, there would be no remedy because the court would undoubtedly strike out the case, as it would if an unpaid trifle manufacturer wanted to sue for the price that in good faith he had charged for a container load of trifles.

Each one of these unfortunates would be met with the same response. You know how judges are: once they get a bee in their bonnet (or wig) you cannot budge them. They sit there with their elbows on the ben...

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