The Devil's Lieutenant
Those of us old enough to remember the days when Channel 4 broadcast material worth watching might remember a drama from the early 1980's entitled 'The Devil's Lieutenant'.
It told the story of how, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the days just before The Great War, an older officer (played by the late Helmut Griem) investigated a brilliant junior officer (played by the late Ian Charleson) suspected of complicity in a murder by poisoning.
The charges are denied; and the older officer struggles with the conflict between his feelings for a brother officer in trouble and the weight of evidence until, as the last man at the court-martial to give his verdict, he stands up and pronounces:"Guilty".
The younger man is assured he will be freed the minute war breaks out; but it doesn't happen.
The drama ended with the two men meeting in the street after the war; with the younger officer, who before his trial had vehemently protested his innocence, asking what was the point of all that trouble...over a few grains of poison...
The show was brought back to mind by Alan Cochrane's piece in today's 'Daily Telegraph'. Apparently, he got a phone call at the weekend from a journalist friend of Wendy Alexander's, angered by his suggestion that she should resign over an illegal donation of just £950.
Donorgate will kill The Scottish Labour Party.
Yes, folks, as hard as it may seem to believe, they're going the way of the Whigs.
And good riddance to them all.