Cameron will be liking it though, he gets to bring in all the unpopular policies his party has under the pretense of protecting us, plus a few million of the social security bill means more money for his pet projects, and Eric Pickles kebab budget.
Interesting data from the Guardian today took a closer look at the data made available about sentences handed down to rioters and looters. The data revealed that on average the sentences handed down were around 25% longer than the sentences usually given out in non riot cases.
This data was released on the day a 24 year old mother had her prison sentence overturned on appeal. Ursula Nevin from Manchester was jailed last week for 5 months for handling stolen goods, the stolen goods was a pair of shorts. Her roommate who was also her boyfriends sister stole around £650 worth of goods and received a sentence of 18 Months.
Instead of being separated from her two children she has been ordered to do 75 hours of community work since she accepted the goods and knew where they came from.
This also follows the sentencing on Wednesday of Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan who were each jailed for four years for inciting disorder via facebook, a move that has angered a lot of people. While nothing came of their attempts the courts still felt the need to give them a harsh sentence. This does raise one interesting point. I can find 100 calls for violence against people, shops and towns in 10 minutes on facebook yet the posters of these go unpunished? Could it be that the courts and the politicians are using these riots to intimidate and control?
David Cameron who as the days go by is looking less leader like and more rabbit in the headlights of a truck, has praised the courts for their tough stance, backed by the slimy gutter trawling “Journalists” at the Sun who are one day away from bringing back the gallows. And the Express who went to default and demanded national service (conveniently they and their readers are over the age limits) Petitions went up on the government websites demanding the stripping of benefits for those involved, a move that has been roundly attacked from all sides bar the blue one. With David Blunkett remarking that
“Punishment and the issue of what we pay you to live on needs to be separated out, because otherwise we’re going to get in a real muddle.
“We’re debating irrational financial markets, irrational policy-making … I’ve got a lot of time for Iain Duncan Smith, but let’s examine what this would exactly mean.
“What we do with people who we don’t send to prison, hopefully, is to put more emphasis on restorative justice where, yes, they do get paid benefit if they don’t hold their job, but we expect them to do something for it. It’s the something for something that I’m interested in – the proper conditionality that if you can work, you should work.”
The government is knee jerking to the point where they are one more riot away from opening up a gulag in Rotheram, Cameron will be liking it though, he gets to bring in all the unpopular policies his party has under the pretense of protecting us, plus a few million of the social security bill means more money for his pet projects, and Eric Pickles kebab budget.