Saturday, December 08, 2007
Foreign bear faces justice
Fifty years ago, a young Peruvian bear with a fondness for marmalade was discovered among the mail bags at Paddington station in London. The raincoat clad bear was adopted by the Brown family and has had many adventures and met many wonderful people in the half-century since then. He has brought joy to millions of children in dozens of countries. But that doesn't entitle him to break the law. In his latest book, the authorities finally catch up with Paddington, arrest him and interrogate him over his questionable immigration status. I'm sure John "five in the noggin" Gibson will be disappointed to find out that the authorities use due process to deal with the undocumented South American immigrant and not one of those flying death squads he's so fond of.