Ms. May, a fine and handsome woman in many ways, has done away with ASBOs. Farewell to the unworkable crap, but what is supposed to replace them? They should just be shovelled away to the dung heap of Zanu PF Nulabour. ASBOs would deter us and ‘little old ladies’, but the were supposed to deter the evil poor or other louts. Much of our criminal system seems only to deter those of us who would not commit crime because of the shame we would feel. Legislation never seems to get to grips with any understanding of stopping and deterring the criminal mind-set, whether of the evil poor or commercial crooks who pollute or rip-off in transaction madness.
The test of much ConDem will be to produce workable goods. So far we have only bluster about ‘community’, long dismissed by criminologists as bolloxs ideology. Sure, cops and community should be dealing with the dire situation, but how and with what resources and protection? Theresa may be the best Home Secretary since sliced bread, but she may also be the worst if we don’t get radical reforms.
On recorded crime stats, about 1 in 20 offences leads to a conviction. That would be 1 in 40 on the BCS, maybe 1 in 80 if we include recorded antisocial crime. Most reprobates I talk to say 1 in 200 is more like it.
My own view (eventually) is we need to give up some civil liberties in order to get a big boost in them generally. This means a new discipline system and a Bill of Rights. At one end we need corporal punishments and at the other representation for victims. Community action that starts with a trip to a law centre and representation for the community or aggrieved individual – rather than one in which scrote get legal aid paid for by the very communities they screw – and protection from the very agencies that foist the evil poor on communities not theirs would be a start.
We can’t trust police or Town Hall agencies – look at what comes out on the few occasions any serious review is done. I’d start allowing universities to produce legal eagles who could work in new law centres to qualify as lawyers by representing the interests of victims. Our senior cops (I know quite a few who are personally great) are more corrupt than Gadget indicates and, sadly, even the grass-roots need some education out of their rut. Town Halls are worse, and the jobsworth cover-up mentality is evident allover.
Nice smile Ms. May and I’ve seen you talk sense. What we need more of is the theory-in-action, which may entail recognising Ken Clarke is out to lunch.