It's been a bad week for…

Lord de Ramsay. For more than four years Lord de Ramsay has chaired the Environment Agency. Now the Agency has investigated his own Cambridgeshire family estate, Worlick Farm, over claims that estate staff extracted excessive water. The agency is considering "appropriate action" and may bring a prosecution against its own boss.

Sloth. Judges are to be given the power to fine slow lawyers on the spot when their snail-like tactics delay criminal cases, under reforming proposals mooted by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine last week. Lord Irvine has issued a consultation paper, Transforming the Crown Court, giving judges a more managerial role.

Lust. Passionate thoughts amount to adultery even if you don't do anything about it, according to Italy's highest court of appeal. The Court of Cassation ruled that a married Bologna woman's obsession with a bus driver was a ground for divorce even though there was no "carnal betrayal". The judge said a platonic affair could wreck a marriage just as much as a sexual one.