For the past week British taxpayers have been paying a High Court judge just under Â£3000 to read the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code. From the BBC today:
The case resumed on Tuesday after a week-long break to give the judge time to read both books involved and related materials.
I don’t know whether to pity the man or whether he is just the tool of karma which had to find a victim for all the people who have said, “You’d have to pay me to read that!” One wonders whether the judge read all the appendices to the Holy Blood or not. I expect he’ll save them for when he needs to nod off in court.
By the way, the figure of Â£3000 comes from the salary of a High Court judge given by the Department of Constitutional Affairs wef April 2005, Â£155,404, divided by 52 (actually 2988.54 but you get the idea).