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May 15, 2006

Justice is Difficult

The Maximum Tone appears to realise that his reforms of the criminal justice system have not achieved what he desired:

Tony Blair will admit today that the criminal justice system is still in chaos more than nine years after Labour came to power.

The Prime Minister will concede that a string of initiatives has failed to restore public confidence in a system that too often appears more interested in the rights of offenders than victims.

I offer this only as a suggestion, of course, for to criticise the Dear Leader could see me slapped with a political ASBO. Could it be that it is because of the constant stream of initiatives? You know, endless and often mindless tinkering with a system that has grown, partly organically and partly by design, over the past...oooh...thousand years?

Still, given this, the fact that the system still does not deliver according to plan, what should we do about it?

"You should continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the courts by focusing on how to bring about speedy, simple, summary justice," he wrote.

"Summary Justice" eh? That means without the courts doesn’t it? Copper as judge, jury, prosecutor and jailer? "Summary execution" means hanging the pickpocket from the lampost doesn’t it?

Wonderful. Anthony Lynton Blair, Member of the Bar, recommends that we improve our justice and court system by simply not having one.

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Here in SA people have got fed up with the effective lack of a police and court system. They take matters into their own hands. This often leads to the torture and eventual murder of those suspected of crimes.

And before anyone thinks that such things couldn't happen in Britain let them cast their minds back a couple of years when a paediatrician nearly got lynched because a mob, stirred up by that paragon of journalistic virture, The Sun, couldn't tell the difference between a kiddie doctor and a kiddie fiddler.

Blair is an incompetent control freak searching ever more desperately for some eye catching initiative to try and save his "legacy". The sad thing is that if he hasn't managed to do it in 9 years the chances of him doing it in the last few months of his dying regime are slim. Expect more cockups.


Posted by: The Remittance Man | May 15, 2006 10:46:21 AM

Well spotted on that Freudian slip, Tim. I suspect Blair is too used to reading summaries of things and rarely goes beyond the surface detail of anything. It's a word he's grown comfortable with.

Posted by: Oscar Wildebeest | May 15, 2006 12:29:08 PM

[when a paediatrician nearly got lynched because a mob]

this is an urban myth. There was a paediatrician who had the word "paedo" painted on her door by an unknown vandal. There was no lynch mob, and since the crim was never caught, it's only a theory that he/she was confused by the job title rather than anything else.

Posted by: dsquared | May 17, 2006 2:48:15 PM