A model of twaddle

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf was on sparkling form last Wednesday (13 July) when speaking at the Lord Mayor’s dinner for Her Majesty’s judges.

After challenging the Lord Chancellor “to reduce the Treasury dragon to submission”, Woolf lapsed into a series of literary references far beyond the ken of this humble scribe. Woolf said that he was unable to provide Lord Falconer with a magic flute or even Papageno’s silver bells. But those present were sure they spied a twinkle in his eye when Woolf declared: “Nor would it be an incentive to offer you, as the prize of success, the hand of the beautiful Lady Pamina, blessed as you are already, in having the hand of the enchanting Lady Falconer.”

Who writes this stuff?