I thought as I left the court that a young and unscrupulous journalist, able to knock out 1,000 words on time and to length, needed to make just one choice before beginning a career as a columnist. If he wanted to work on a right-wing paper, he would develop an aversion to immigrants, trade unions, political correctness, theories of global warming and all public sector workers except members of the armed forces. He would defend free enterprise but still support the bailout of bankers at public expense and hope no one noticed the contradiction. If he wanted a career on a left-wing title, he would develop an aversion to all businessmen except pop stars, Jews (or “Zionists” as he would soon learn to call them), the police, and all members of the upper and upper-middle class apart from the great and the good of the public sector. He would say that he opposed homophobia, racism and misogyny but still make excuses for radical Islam and hope that no one noticed the contradiction.