Squatney Council in north London has been accused of staging a show trial, after publicising its plans to charge Harry Corbett with offences against children's puppets.
Though long since dead and unable to defend himself, Corbett's ashes have been held by police on suspicion of fisting Sooty, Sweep and Sue. With Corbett unable to give evidence, some critics have questioned whether the prosecution has any value. 'It won't achieve anything. It's almost as if it's some huge publicity diversion,' said one expert.
The publicity coup is thought to be the brain child of new spin doctor Charlie Wheelclamp, who recently quit his post as political advisor to Gordon Brown to help the troubled north London council to 'seize the media news agenda zeitgeist' with 'an ongoing commitment to sustainability frameworks' which 'recognised diversity visions and values equally applied to all stakeholders'.
It was Wheelclamp (originally named Charles Eton-Fettes) who devised the now legendary media strategy known as Shock and ORR (Ostentatious Retrospective Revenge). It is designed to create massive explosions across the decks of Britain's tabloid front pages, cleaning the newspapers of any other bad news.
Defending the charges of cynicism, Wheelclamp seemed to be holding back tears as he told reporters. 'If...... if.... if this saves just one highly paid executive's career, then it will all have been worth it.'