The Curmudgeon


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bag a Burglar for Chris

As the role of the police evolves more and more into that of a mercenary enforcer of purely corporate interests, the Conservative Party will require one or two new dog-whistles to persuade the little folk that it is on their side. That is perhaps the most rational of the various possible pretexts for Chris Graybeing's intention to modify the law, which already permits the use of force against intruders, so that use of force will be permitted against intruders. Graybeing, of course, was shuffled into the Ministry of Justice on the same grounds as Jeremy C Hunt was shuffled into the health ministry: Graybeing knows nearly as much about the law as Hunt, a fan of coathangers and other homeopathic remedies, knows about public health. Even more humiliating, Graybeing was Daveybloke's second choice, after his intellectual equal Iain Duncan Smith insisted on remaining as Supreme High Commissioner of the Idleness Police. Much like Duncan Smith with his benefit-fraud obsession, Graybeing evidently prefers to focus on the narrower picture: in the fifteen years to 2005, there were eleven prosecutions of people who attacked intruders, including seven who attacked domestic burglars. Perhaps, like so many in the present Cabinet, Graybeing is confused by large numbers.


  • At 8:28 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    Having spent some time over issues of excessive force, I find this puzzling. Since the weighing of proportion already includes what appeared reasonable under the circumstances, adopting a vague standard of disproportion simply opens up the field to almost anything. Seems it would be far easier for the DPP to simply decline to prosecute home defenders as aggressively. It's like they are watching our news and learning all the wrong lessons from it.

  • At 12:51 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    It isn't about what's politically easy; it's about what's politically Right.

  • At 8:51 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The law is simply being clarified. Of course the law was clear to the vast majority of people but certain newspapers got confused between hitting someone who was actually in your house and shooting dead someone running away from your house at high speed. Thus the law has to be clarified, so as to avoid setting up a proper compaints' procedure against newspapers that make that kind if mistake.



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