Jugging v Judging

If MPs decide to lock up the Wapping Three, the trio will be the first malfeasants to be jugged by parliament for 132 years.

So runs the strapline to this story in The Guardian, reporting on a rapidly accelerating bandwagon which would see Messrs Hinton , Myler and Crone hauled before the House of Commons and judged by parliament for their alleged economy with l’actualité in their evidence to the culture committee.

We make no comment, save to say that The Guardian’s legendary propensity for subbing errors is evidently undiminished. The notion that the trio will be ‘jugged’ (whatever that is) is repeated in body copy, too:

If they do decide to lock up the Wapping Three, and they have a perfect – if ancient – legal right to do exactly that, the trio will be the first malfeasants to be jugged by parliament for 132 years.

Intriguingly, ‘jugging’ does exist. We learn, thanks to Wikipedia, that it refers to the process of stewing whole animals, mainly game or fish, for an extended period in a tightly covered container such as a casserole or an earthenware jug.

Perhaps this is what MPs intend, after all. Anyone for Louise Mensch tucking into Crone in a casserole?

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