Dear God, what is the Telegraph coming to?

Campaigners criticise the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to put Lord Greville Janner on trial for historic sex abuse allegations

What? Look, they do it again:

Lord Greville Janner of Braunstone, QC,

He’s not the second or later son of a Duke, he’s a fucking Life Peer.

He can thus be Greville Janner, Lord Janner, Janner of Braunstone and so on but the one thing he cannot be is Lord Greville Janner.

Some will say mere pendantry but there is a difference here and while it might not be the most important matter in the universe this is the sort of thing that the Telegraph took pains to get right. I know for as I’ve said before I knew one of the people whose task it was to get it right (and another is a reader here).

I mean, if we couldn’t immediately tell the difference between the second or later son of a Duke and a Life Peer then where would we be, eh? What? What?

BTW, as far as I can tell the reason for “not in the public interest” is because he’s senile.

13 comments on “Dear God, what is the Telegraph coming to?

  1. I am surprised they decided to leave him be: usually the zeal with which such crimes are pursued is directly proportional to the time passed since they allegedly occurred, the status of the accused and his ability to defend himself.

  2. Try reading the Times. It’s paywalled but you can toss them a couple of quid to read it. Not as strong as the Telegraph on financial news, but overall more of a quality feel.

  3. Twenty or so years ago the Telegraph website took stories from the paper and put them online. Those stories had on the whole been properly subbed with horrors such as the one Tim rails about eliminated. Now, stories are put onto the web first without much of a wash and brush up beforehand and then recycled into the paper. Back in the day, there were about 30 subs in the news department. Now, I gather, there are about 12 churning out the entire print product, supplemented by casuals. I haven’t looked at the Telegraph in print this morning yet but I’d be surprised if the mistake had been repeated there. Somewhere over the past few years, the bosses at the Telegraph have got things terribly wrong. It used to make me mad, now it just makes me sad. One screams for the umpteenth time: “Stop trashing your brand by publishing stories that fall below the standards readers expect.” Simple enough, you would think? Apparently not.

  4. My sister prosecutes and defends in a lot of these cases (by the by, she finds who whole thing very worrying).

    She’s currently briefed in the defence of a ninety-two-year-old (though she fully expects him to die before trial).

    @The Great Redacto – you’re right, of course, but I stopped reading the Telegraph when they gave Mary Riddell a column.

  5. @Andrew M

    ‘Not as strong as the Telegraph on financial news’

    I assume that’s a joke!

    The DT financial pages read like they were written by kids, approved by the ad dept, and subbed by the Barclays.

  6. I expect the CPS decided that to prosecute someone for ancient crimes merely on the sayso of others was absurd.

  7. I find all this second-son-of-a-Duke’s-third-mistress stuff perfectly comprehensible when someone explains it, but within days it’s forgotten. I find the same with large tracts of the biological sciences, which is unfortunate given how I used to make a living.

  8. I said a long time ago that the “Great Establishment Paedo Ring” would end up just outing a bunch of old pooves, and here we are.

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