Those with long memories - the case was repeatedly delayed to keep it well away from the Labour Party Conference last year - will recall that Ms. Harperson comitted a number of motoring offences, including using a mobile phone while driving, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
All of these are actually .. err ... against the law, even - yes, even - if you are the niece of a Countess, even if you're the missus of a powerful Trade Unionist and even if you're Deputy Prime Minister.
But was she given a good hard slap on the wrist, to remind her of the error of her ways? Was she punished to the full extent of the law, to make an example of her?
No, of course she fucking wasn't.
The charge of driving with a mobile was dropped completely, the accusation that she drove off without leaving any details seems to have been forgotten and she was only had to answer to the trivial offence of "driving without due care and attention". Big fucking deal.
For a mere 350 quid - which, of course, goes straight back into the coffers from which she's paid - Ms. Harperson was able to walk free.
The offence could have cost her 5 grand, but, hey, we don't wanna do that, do we Hatster? Just pay what you can afford, love.
No ban, no fine commensurate with her enormous fucking salary. It's amazing she wasn't given a new hat and the freedom of the City of Coventry.
Hattie probably knew she was going to let off virtually scot free, as she didn't even bother to turn up.
Oh no, she had a far more important appointment: a Cabinet meeting, watching Gordon squirm and grovel.
But her absence didn't make any difference. The token punishment was announced, and clearly a lecture from the bench was not necessary for one as wise and fragrant as our Hattie.
What a fucking surprise.