Today a satirist was arrested for the ancient medieval crime of plagiarism.
Speaking from his rat-infested cell, he said: 'I'd run out of ideas, and had to resort to copying other people's articles. I know it's unforgiveable, but what else could I do?'
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police also said: 'The alleged satirist is allegedly in a rat-infested cell - allegedly. He, or she, will not be getting bail, as the accused may make other satirists laugh, or even make them more satirical than they already are.'
This is not the first time that the satirist has copied other's ideas, indeed it's about the 232d time in the last 8 days, but it's the first time that the accused has actually been caught doing it. Defence lawyer, Cherie Blair QC, said: 'We will be defending the case rigorously and vigorously, and our Legal Aid bill is already £2 million, just for making some tea. It's the defendant's right to claim to be a satirist, and any, er, blah blah blah .....'
Some have suggested that being a satirist is about being intelligent and clever and cynical about world affairs, and even funny about them on a good day, and not about wetting yourself about how high your ratings are, and then resorting to copying articles and getting your friends to vote for them, but others don't care in the slightest.
Private Eye isn't funny.