To thine own self be true

Crime and punishment

Posted by Polonius on 22 August, 2007

The UK press, and some of the more irresponsible of politicians, including Jack Straw, have been spluttering through their manic drooling in the past few days about how the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal should ignore the law and just make up the rules as they go along. Well, I can’t be bothered looking up chapter and verse right now, but as I understand it, it’s really quite simple:

  1. a citizen of an EU country can’t be deported unless he poses a threat to society;
  2. a prisoner on a life sentence can’t be paroled if he poses a threat to society;
  3. therefore, if a life prisoner can be paroled, he can’t be deported.

You’d think even a Daily Mail reader could understand that, but some of them fall for such drivel, one can only assume the comments that follow it have been typed by a more literate acquaintance – possibly the same person who ties their shoelaces.

And then there’s this story. Now, regular readers (if I have any) will know that I’m sceptical of the journalistic standards of the BBC, so I ought to be reluctant to jump to conclusions on the basis of this story, but I’m going to go out on a limb here. To the boy’s mother I’d have to say “You’re scum, your brat is scum. GFY (that’s Good For You).”


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