Messianic Trees wrote:ANDREW ALEXANDER: Don't whine, Ed, rioters deserve hard labour
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All my instincts cry out for severe punishment as the march through the courts goes on.
I have a real fear that in some way the rioters and looters will get off lightly — sentences substantial in theory but short in practice and little more than months of lounging around in front of a TV, which they already do at home anyway.
They should have prison with hard labour, something they have probably never encountered before.
He comes across as a genuine maverick from the right- as opposed to the "Yes Mister Dacre, I'll copy the article nicely in my own handwriting" brigade that provide most of the Columnist inches in this rag.
I respect that, and will robably devote a little time to his work.
It is however disappointing to see the pretence that "hard labour" exists as a sentencing option.
It was referred to as "Penal Servitude" and abolished in 1948 (England and Wales), 1950 (Scotland), 1953 (N. Ireland).
I'm disappointed because it creates the impression that there are "better" punishments available.
This allows the typical reader to conclude that "they" (PC, liberals, vegans, cyclists) are preventing it.
An honest paper might discuss the abolition and which parties/MPs favour its reinstatement.
This is a contrast to the hanging debate, where we all know the facts, so fans can cut directly to "bring back the rope".
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle