Case of the week

The sword of truth finally fell on Jonathan Aitken this week when the old-Etonian left for an 18-month holiday at the public's expense. Clutching his shield of English fair play the former minister was led down after being sentenced for perjury and perverting the course of justice after his libel case against The Guardian and Granada TV collapsed. A friend was reported as saying that his Eton school chums had always thought he'd end up in prison or the cabinet, but few suspected he'd manage both.