I've watched the BBC-series A very English scandal with Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott. It seems clear Thorpe was guilty of incitement to murder his former lover Scott. The judge was a scandal telling the jury:
“It is right for you to pause and consider whether it is likely that such persons would do the things these persons are said to have done,” he told the jury. While the accused were of “hitherto unblemished reputation,” Bessell was a “humbug” and Newton a “chump”. As for Scott, he was “a hysterical, warped personality, accomplished sponger and very skilful at exciting and exploiting sympathy…
Unbelievably, he added: “But of course he could still be telling the truth… you must not think that because I am not concealing my opinion of Mr Scott I am suggesting that you should not believe him. That is not for me. I am not expressing any opinion.”
The jury got the clear message and aquitted Thorpe and the other plotters. If you're upper class, you get way with murder.
Great series. The charming and somewhat muddled Grant of Four weddings and a funeral and Notting Hill is a charming but deviouls and cold-hearted politician, thinking himself above the law. Ben Whishaw plays the unstable stable boy, a somewhat hysterical drama queen, black-mailing and threatening but the only one who speaks the truth. Thorpe is dead, this series could not have been made before, he would have sued them for libel.
But I don't get this social insurance card. Was there no way for Scott to get this?
We are famous for "Stockholm syndrome": "Q: Hey, what's up with Matt? His Dad is on social security, his mom got laid off, his sister's kids get free school lunches, he collects federal financial aid for college, and he only makes minimum wage working at Walmarts. Yet he keeps talking about how we need to cut taxes for the wealthy and quit spending so much on social programs. A: Yeah, he thinks he's going to be a millionaire soon. He's got Economic Stockholm Syndrome." (Urban Dictionary)