Here at the MoJ I have just received a petition urging me to grant a posthumous pardon to all those British people executed as witches in the past. What at first appeared to be a Halloween prank actually turns out to be a genuine plea for justice on behalf of the over 2,400 executed in England and Scotland before the 1735 Witchcraft Act put an end to witch trials.
The assumption on the part of the petitioners, however, is that all these unfortunates were in fact innocent of practising harmful magic and being in league with the devil, but I am not so sure; after all this time the evidence is surely hard to find one way or the other. In fact, it occurs to me that given recent events (the collapse of the world financial system and consequent return of Mandy to the cabinet), I should consider repealing the Witchcraft Act, so we can indulge in a good old-fashioned witch hunt.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) -
Jack gets tough time from
Sarandon, Pfeiffer and Cher
In Updike satire.