Ross and Brand suspended by the BBC
Whilst His Grace has little time for Mr Ross, and no time at all for Mr Brand, it must be observed that this programme was conceived and edited by some other BBC employee(s), and the decision to broadcast (for it was not live) was taken at a much higher level.
Certainly the telephone prank was offensive and distasteful, and Cranmer in no sense seeks to excuse it, but it is crass justice indeed which seeks to condemn only those who feature in the public gaze, when the greater crime is committed by those unknown to the public and undisclosed to the media.
Cranmer is of the opinion that Mssrs Ross and Brand ought to be prosecuted for harassment and making offensive nuisance phone calls, and the editor and programme scheduler ought to be sacked.
It is a damning indictment of modern politics that both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition should feel the need to jump on this absurd bandwagon at all. This is soap opera politics, reminiscent of the Prime Minister's apology to India for the 'Shilpa Poppadom' episode of 'Big Brother'.
It rather reminds Cranmer of his slight sadness when Margaret Thatcher bestowed honours upon Nigel Hawthorne (CBE) and Paul Eddington (CBE) in 1987 for their undoubtedly masterful performances in ‘Yes Minister’, while failing to recognise and honour the equally undoubted genius of the authors, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
In a just society with a rational political discourse, credit where it is due should be mirrored by damnation where it is due.