Some sexual practices are not only weird but downright insanitary; yet at least they are, one assumes, performed in private.
What we shouldn't expect, even in our louche and degraded times, is to see the British Establishment taking its pants down in public and taking a giant dump on the face of Justice.
We should not focus exclusively on the magistrate currently involved; she is, presumably, fulfilling the will of others. Which is why I think that any appeal to the High Court against the predetermined extradition of Assange will be refused: what senior judges wish to go to their graves with the plaque of this case screwed to their coffin lids?
'Il faut mener les hommes avec une main de fer dans un gant de velours,' said Napoleon. If the magistrate at Westminster is to be criticised, it is for allowing the velvet to wear thin and expose the iron fist of our country's cruel, implacable ruling Power.