The public relations was handled appallingly at the time of the Report's launch and it was mauled to death by the media and backbench MPs who hadn't read it/hadn't understood it. These were people who thought that the definition of murder worked satisfactorily and that any change to it was "watering down" murder whilst in fact the borderlnes of murder and manslaughter and no homcide are capricious.
Hi Admin Some interesting points there. Shocking reading about that police officer. Loses a leg; his career and his life will never be the same. The drunk who caused it, possibly due for early release, only having served ten months? Zero justice there. It's almost giving people a license to drink and drive. I've always thought the sentences passed in this country, give far too little respect for human life.
The "God told me to do it" defence (eg Sutcliffe) always makes me chuckle. Same when prisoners say they've found God. Funny how it's always after the event. Call me a cynic but i've never read about any would-be-perpetrator who claimed "i was just about to murder/rape this person, when I felt divine intervention, found God and stopped what i was doing"
When the hanging debate is raised, it reminds me of a bit of dialogue from the old sitcom Rising Damp. Alan: "You're just an old reactionary Rigsby. You want to bring back hanging" Rigsby: "There are a lot of people who want to bring back hanging mate" Alan: "yes, but not in public"
I'm with Rigsby on that one. Maybe a more modern approach though: Hangings - live on Sky Sports Box office. Think of the pay per view figures and the money raised could go to victims of violence charities. They'd never have me as Home Secretary
Hi again I think i replied to a post that's no longer there! Just in case people think what the hell am i going on about!
Yes, I deleted it. I'm like that. I often write long posts and then delete them. I get concerned people will take me out of context or reinterpret things I say in some fashion. I actually know i'm like that and often put the post-script 'this message with self-destruct in 3 hours.
I wrote quite an embaressing post on a forum elsewhere and went back and found that I could not delete it. There was a window of a few hours before the edit function vanished.