Yesterday, I mentioned the Hon Mr Justice Peter Smith’s secret code (Copyright – The Da Vinci Code: ho ho! 27 Apr 2006). Well now we have the decryption – “Judge’s own Da Vinci code cracked” (BBC 28 Apr 2006). His message in “Smithy code” reads “Smithy Code Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought.” So desu.
I reported yesterday that his lordship remarked that he didn’t see why a judgment should not be a matter of fun. Quite so, especially after detailed assessment. But another quotation occurs to me, this time from A P Herbert:
“People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any act of Parliament.”
On quite a different point I knew the judge when he was at the Manchester bar and even appeared against him once or twice. I don’t recall anybody calling him “Smithy” then. Should I ever find myself in front of him I certainly shan’t start now.