Ambush Predator(http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.com/) is carrying a story that’s around on other blogs today. It’s about an immigrant lad that a court won’t name because it’s not in the ‘public interest’. The lad is Romanian, clearly recidivist and also living in a family given £420 a week in benefits – more than the brilliant immigrant family living next to me get net with both parents working. It must be in everyone but this Romanian family’s interest that the court proceedings be published.
We have a lot of State-sponsored crime in the UK and this is clearly a case of its import. There is no rational argument I can think up that justifies the decision of this Manchester court. The one’s given by the court are fatuous, for reasons given in AP’s style. The only viable start concerns whether open publicity would lead to ‘revenge or vigilante’ attacks on the boy and family. I doubt this would put the chances up, as nearly all this stuff starts in gossip locally in any case.
Our courts are supposed to act in such a way as to make us feel justice is being done, partly so we won’t take our own actions. This court had magistrates so far out of touch, they managed to make things worse in what they said to defend their judgement. Naming the lad might affect ‘future rehabilitation should it be necessary’ – when rehabilitation is long overdue.
This lad probably needs to be taken away from this family as surely as Baby P – at least, this would be the case if we could be sure that ‘care’ works at all and could find the ‘money’ to do it. He is very likely to continue his criminal career if this is not done, just as so many of our own kids. Given the prospects of kids about to leave care, it looks as though the system fails even when we can use it. They are bleak.
Whilst I’m sickened to think of the resources this immigrant family is using up, when we have our own young short of housing and life chances, the real issues are about our dud politics not even offering potential solutions, other than ‘education’ (of a kind most can’t benefit from and already corrupted by elite lines through it), dud public sector jobs or probably even worse ones in the private sector cavalry.
I live in Greater Manchester and job prospects here are bleak. Quite how a family can be given £420 a week and probably housing for doing nothing (and no doubt a lot of negative) when most jobs here are minimum wage, I really don’t know, other than that the plot was lost long ago. Why these recidivist thieves and worse are so easily harboured amongst decent people is another conundrum. It all has a great deal to do with a lack of manufacturing jobs that do not require great skill – but for that matter we also seem to have failed to notice that the great industries in which so much skill was nurtured could not come back in that form.
25 adults you see walking in Greater Manchester are functionally innumerate and illiterate in every hundred. Yet we also have the largest university population per capita in the UK. It’s time we started to find out if we could improve the lot of this bottom 25% in our schools by sending them all to Public School – thinking I said, I know the practice is impossible.
My own belief is that thieves like this kid (and our own) should be in ‘disciplined work’ from 14. I’m an educationalist who wants as many as possible to benefit (benefit I said, not ‘go’) from university – yet I’m as sure as I can be that keeping at least half of our kids in school after 14 is cruel. I can lay out a detailed framework and cost it. The point really is that our politics is so piss, nothing new has been put in front of us that I can remember since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 (MPs had a lot of self-interest in that one).