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Time For A Crackdown On Crime

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Government, Immigrants, News, Police, Prison, Theft with tags , , , , on 22/07/2017 by floroy1942

Crime in the U.K. has gotten totally out of hand, and its time for the government to do something about it. Our Police Force has reached its lowest level since 1985 and they are so stretched they do not have the time to investigate crime as they should.

The number of murders, attacks and burglaries have gone through the roof in recent years because the perpetrators know they will not be punished properly. Killers are out of prison after three or four years, and that is not a proper sentence for someone who has committed murder.

Currently we have a twenty percent increase in gun and knife crime. The murder rate has increased to 723 crimes in the last few years. Last year, gun related offences rose by 23 percent, while knife crime spiked at 20 percent with 34,703 incidents. An increase in the number of robberies at knife point was also documented, with the figure rising to nearly 13,000 incidents.

It is clear that people are not safe on the streets or in their own homes these days. Much of the crime is being carried out by immigrants who see Britain as a golden opportunity. They know the Justice System is a farce, and look forward to no more than three or four years in prison for committing murder or 12 months for robbery.

The number of police officers on our streets is continuing  to fall. Last year the numbers fell by 924, bringing the total number of police officers to 123, 142 in England and Wales.

Many people have been told that burglaries and street attacks will not be investigated, because the police do not have the time or resources to investigate properly. This is a scandal of major proportions and must be addressed by the government, otherwise we will end up with complete anarchy.

It is shameful that the British government allow so many criminals to enter Britain freely from other European countries. It is time we check with the country they came from to see if they have a criminal record, and if they do then we bar them from entering the country.

Once we get out of the European Union I sincerely hope that the government will initiate a crackdown on crime of all types and ensure that these people get a proper prison sentence. For killers we must bring back the death penalty and to hell with those who oppose it. This is the only way to crack down on murders, for you can bet your life that the numbers will decline rapidly if the death penalty is reintroduced.

It is time we took some strong measures against crime, otherwise the whole country will fall into a pit of anarchy.

The Menace Of Tax Havens

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Theft, USA with tags , , , , on 17/11/2016 by floroy1942

I read an article on Yahoo today that says all tax havens should be quarantined. That I certainly agree with! While you and I try as best we can to make enough money to live on, the rich are hiding away their ill-gotten gains in tax havens so they don’t have to pay tax. This has an astounding affect on all of us.

The gist of the article says that all tax havens should be cut off from the global financial system. “They call for making it illegal for anyone in cooperative countries to have an account in a non-cooperative jurisdiction, or for someone in a cooperating country to be a shareholder in a corporation in a non-cooperative one.”

This means that it would be illegal for people to stow away money in a country or system that is not open to the world of finance. All these areas must be open to outside scrutiny and in effect, global auditors must be able to scrutinize all bank accounts wherever they are.

This idea of hiding away trillions of dollars from the tax people in any country in the world is a scandal, for if these politicians and businessmen paid the taxes that were due, most of the world’s monetary problems would be solved.

These billions of dollars could be used to aid the poorer countries of the world, feed those dying of hunger, and solve the sickness that is so prevalent in many countries in the world. Without a doubt, it could be used to solve the major debt problems across the world.

The sad thing is, these ultra-rich people just let it lie there in these accounts and never think of doing some good with their money. There are exceptions of course like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who use their billions to do good in the world, its just a pity that all the ultra-rich do not think the same. Most of these people have more money than they could spend in three lifetimes, but they prefer to hide it away and do nothing with it. The phrase “It’s all mine, mine, mine!” comes to mind. It’s more about bucking the system and being able to brag about the fact that they are billionaire’s.

I have for a long time advocated that all these multi-billionaires should pay taxes on their often ill-gotten gains and do some good with it, but will it ever happen? There is a slim hope now that all these people will be caught with their ill-gotten gains if this plan goes ahead. Let’s hope it does.

Roy.

Car Recall Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, People's Rights, Theft, Traffic with tags , , , , on 13/10/2016 by floroy1942

Car manufacturers are failing their customers in a steady stream these days, as we see today that Toyota recalls some 340,000 brand new Prius Hybrid cars for problems with the brakes. This is one of a long stream of recalls over the past five years from almost every manufacturer on the planet. Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen and General Motors among many others have had to recall vehicles because of major faults.

Why is this happening? Years ago you could trust a new car to be totally safe and reliable, but now? What is it with these manufacturers that cause this?

In my view it is cost cutting to make more profit, but it is having the reverse effect as the repairs are costing these companies millions. People are spending a huge amount of money to buy a new car, and yet each time it is a lottery whether the car will be recalled at some future date because of a major problem, if it doesn’t kill you first.

Because of these problems people are dying, and it’s not always certain that their relatives get any compensation from the companies involved.

Years ago you could buy anything from a screwdriver to a car and know that it will last you for years, but these days manufacturers like to build in a ‘life limit’ on things produced today. That of course ensures that within a certain period you will be forced to go out and buy a new one. More money for them!

It is without doubt a sad indictment of our times when manufacturers only think of profit and never quality. But let’s face it, almost everyone is at it these days.

Roy.

Religion Is Dying In Britain

Posted in America, Britain, Christianity, England, Justice, News, Parenting, Prison, Teen Violence, Theft with tags , , , , on 24/05/2016 by floroy1942

ChurchIt seems that Britain is to become a non-religious country in a few short decades. A report out today indicates that the number of people who consider themselves to have no religion is increasing at a steady rate.

In 2014 a survey showed that 48.5% claimed they had no religion compared to 43.8% who said they had. The 43.8% included Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations. So it would seem that religion is dying in the U.K.

Mind you, I am not surprised considering the state of today’s middle-aged people and in particular the youth. In general, few people in the country today think of anything but ‘self’, which is sad. Yes I know there are those who care for others, but today they are becoming a minority.

Life-long friends like we had when I was young are a thing of the past, for today friends come and go like the wind.

Yet Another Murder - How Many This Month?

Yet Another Murder – How Many This Month?

Never in the history of our country has there been such brutality among the people, and I say this because of the number of brutal murders, rape and robberies that happen today. Hell’s bells, you can’t even have a slight accident today without the driver of the car you touched getting out and beating you up. Just think about it and you will know I am right, at least the old people will.

At one time the greatest majority of people were held in check by their religion and would not think of committing robberies or murder, but today they think nothing of it. “Oh what do I care. I will only get a couple of years in prison if I am caught.”

When they kill an old-age pensioner for a few pounds they have no remorse at all, or when they seriously injure someone in a street brawl on a Saturday night.

When all today’s old-age pensioners are dead, religion will die in Britain along with them. We will see all our churches closed down and more than likely turned into mosques. Now there’s a thought! All our church clergy and bishops will be lining up at the dole office for their weekly handout.

You might be forgiven for thinking that religion has no place in today’s world, but you would be wrong. Religion has for centuries given people a set of standards to live by, being kind to others, helping others, and caring about those who are less fortunate than themselves. I am not saying that everyone lived by these rules, but the greater majority did.

Prison Today - Like A Holiday

Prison Today – Like A Holiday

When I was young there were very few murders in the country and the killers were hung for their crimes. Now-a-days they get off with a few short years in a prison that is like a holiday camp with all the mod-cons. I much preferred the old system that put the fear of God into any would-be killer.

It is a sad situation, but is something we have to accept for the future.

Roy.

The Off-Shore Accounts Scandal

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, European Union, Germany, Justice, News, Theft, United Nations with tags , , , , on 06/04/2016 by floroy1942
See What I Mean!

See What I Mean!

Like everyone else I was shocked at the leak of offshore account details by Panama, but to be honest, it did not surprise me. We have known for years that many rich people have hidden their money in these accounts, and of course many do it to avoid paying taxes.

But now the ‘cat is out of the bag’ and they are sitting with red faces because their wealth has become public. We have heard denials from various individuals about the fact that they have not been avoiding paying taxes on their wealth and it may be true is some cases, but certainly not all.

The big question though is what to do about it! In my view all these tax havens should be wound up and made illegal, but the problem is, those that must do it are the ones hiding money away i.e. politicians.

There can be little doubt that a way must be found to stop this practice. Maybe the United Nations can set a law that these places must declare all their customers, and how much each account holds. Again this is not likely to happen.

The problem is that those avoiding tax revenue could probably put an end to the financial crises of many countries in the world. Imagine if those resident in Greece were to pay all the taxes they owed to the government, then that country’s financial crisis would disappear, the same goes for many other lands, including Britain.

The amount owed by these people must run into trillions of dollars and could solve many of the hardships being suffered by people across the world.

What good will come of this whole farce I don’t really know, but for the good of many countries someone, somewhere must put a stop to it. Let’s just hope the authorities in various countries go after these people.

Roy.

Outrageous Salaries For Charity Bosses

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, Haiti, Modern World, News, Theft, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 12/10/2015 by floroy1942

When the charity boxes rattle in front of you and you are asked for a donation it might be wise to think twice these days. It has been revealed that charity organization bosses are earning six-figure salaries from the money that you give to help others, and to me that is not right.

Helping Others

Helping Others

People give donations thinking that the money goes to help those who are suffering, but much of it is siphoned off to pay these bosses exorbitant salaries among other things. It is sad that charities are now a business just like any other and a way to make money, instead of being a scheme to help those afflicted with terrible illnesses, people in Africa who are starving, and those struck by natural disasters.

Harpal Kumar - Laughing All The Way To The Bank!

Harpal Kumar – Laughing All The Way To The Bank!

It has been revealed that nine executives at Cancer Research UK receive an annual salary higher than that of the Prime Minister, which includes chief executive Harpal Kumar who pockets up to £240,000 a year. He lives in a luxury £1.6m home in north-west London with no mortgage.

Another such person is Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, who earns £162,000 per year – £40,000 more than his predecessor Andrew Flanagan.

Olive Cooke, 92

Olive Cooke, 92

These are two of many charities that bombarded Olive Cooke, 92, herself a charity worker, with requests for money before she killed herself last month in sheer desperation. Personally I think that people who make a living from those who donate money for good causes is despicable.

While I do not deny that these organizations do give help to the needy, they are not as effective as in years gone by, and much of the money does not get where it’s needed. In very many cases people give generously thinking the money goes to help such people, but these days they are often having ‘the wool pulled over their eyes’ as the saying goes. While those doing the collecting and working in the local offices are unpaid, there are people who make a good living from charity work.

Haiti 2010 - Utter Devastation.

Haiti 2010 – Utter Devastation.

There is much wrong with charity organizations today as was evidenced by the scandals that barely made the headlines a year after the Haiti earthquake five years ago which killed more than 230,000 people and injured over 300,000. It also caused 1.5 million people to be displaced. In all $13.34 billion were donated by governments worldwide and by charity organizations. Governments and charity organizations were quick to step in after the capital Port Au Prince was flattened, but over time much of the aid money never materialized. Two years after the catastrophic event very little of the debris had been cleared and the people were still living in cardboard shelters. So much for many of the charitable donations!

It has been shown that many charities collected millions world-wide for this disaster but eventually much of the money so generously donated was siphoned off and put in bank accounts to accrue interest instead of going to the people who desperately needed it. The entire idea of charity work is a long way from what it was forty years ago, which is sad.

Roy.

The Baby Factory On Benefits

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Children, Elections, England, Government Spending, Justice, News, Parenting, Theft with tags , , , , on 17/03/2015 by floroy1942

Some people will do just about anything to live the high life without having to work for a living in this day and age. That is the reason why I was not surprised to hear of a women who is making  £39,192 a year in benefits just by having children. Cheryl Prudham currently has eleven with another on the way. Her husband works as a delivery man with an annual salary of £19,200, so this means the family income is £58,392.

Prudham Family Shopping

Prudham Family Shopping

It is reported they went on holiday to Menorca last year that cost the tax payer £7,000, but that is not all. The family were recently photographed shopping at a luxury goods store where it is said she bought a handbag for £895, not the sort of thing your average wife could afford. They even had the gall to be photographed in front of the store and stood proudly posing for the camera. Some people have no shame these days.

The Prudham's

The Prudham’s

They are currently living in a five-bedroom council house but are waiting to get one with seven bedrooms because the current one is too cramped. The family have managed to avoid the Government’s £26,000-a-year benefits cap because Mr Prudham works enough hours to claim working tax credit.

There are millions of people in Britain today who can barely make ends meet, and yet these benefit fraudsters are living the high life by cheating the tax payer. This to me is scandalous and means that the rules desperately need to be changed.

Headlines - But Not Enough To Spur The Government Into AcTion

Headlines – But Not Enough To Spur The Government Into AcTion

This kind of thing is happening all over Britain today and is bleeding the coffers dry, because the rules are too lax and these free-loaders soon find out they can have a good life without even having to work for it.

There are without doubt many such cases in the U.K. today, for we are deep into a period where everyone expects something for nothing. In fact many believe it is their God-given right, and being a ‘benefit cheat’ has become a way of life for many. This covers all areas of benefits from those who will not work to those with disabilities. The days of everyone ‘doing their bit’ for the good of the nation and their families are long gone, and we are a sadder nation because of it.

Britain’s Debt Mountain Reaches £1.39TRILLION, Equivalent To 90% Of The Entire Economy.

Britain’s Debt Mountain Reaches £1.39TRILLION, Equivalent To 90% Of The Entire Economy.

The gap between the ‘have’s and have not’s’ is increasing year on year and we blame corruption at the higher levels for this. But when you look at the facts, many of those at the lower levels are no different. Ever since the last Labour government came into power Britain’s debt has steadily increased and it will never be put right so long as the current generation constantly expect something for nothing.

Come the election in May, I hope whoever gets in will put a stop to this blatant fraud. Mind you, I am not holding my breath on that one!

Roy.

Sometimes I Really Do Despair At My Fellow Man

Posted in America, Britain, Christianity, England, Europe, Modern World, News, Police, Senior Citizen, Theft with tags , , , , on 07/02/2015 by floroy1942

In my lifetime I have seen major changes in the way people live their lives, but today I read about a case that is more than shocking. The incident was to say the least despicable, but is a good example of how uncaring people have become. I fully realize that not all people are bad and am grateful for that, but it still leaves an increasing proportion of ordinary folk who will stoop lower than the animals on this planet of ours.

The incident took place in Leigh, Greater Manchester in the UK last Wednesday when an 82 year-old woman was hit by a truck and left dying. While she was lying in the road a man walked up to her, stole her purse then walked off! I have to admit that in all my years I have seldom heard of such a callous act from a human being.

The police were called by witnesses but when they arrived the woman was dead. Detective Sergeant Neil Lawless who attended the incident said: “This is one of the most disgusting crimes I have ever investigated and I find it hard to believe someone could stoop so low to commit such a horrific offence. This man has taken what he sees as an easy opportunity by stealing a purse from a dying woman.”

Sadly, this kind of incident is not restricted to the shores of Britain for last month two men stole the wedding ring, purse and ifone from a  woman who suffered a brain aneurysm while buying food for her family at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Wichita, Kansas.

Again in Britain, Rochelle Palmer, 25, of Oakfield Road, Croydon, turned up at a pensioner’s sheltered housing complex in Eden Road on December 11, and asked to use the toilet. She asked for a cup of coffee and while the old gent was in the kitchen making it she stole bank cards, two rings and £85 cash.  Later that evening she used the cards to withdraw £500 cash and made purchases totalling £440 using the stolen plastic, police said. Ten days later she had the gall to return to the pensioners house, pushed him to the ground and took £180 from the coffee table. In total, Palmer stole £1,200 from her vulnerable victim. I am ashamed to say that after she was sentenced she only received 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to theft, fraud by false representation and robbery at Croydon Crown Court.

What have I said before about British Justice being soft on crime! For such a heinous crime she should have received at least two years.

Cases of this nature give a good indication of the depths to which certain people today will go for a small reward. When I was a young man this sort of thing was unthinkable. I remember that my grandparents never locked the door to their house. Not at night, and not even when going away for a two-week holiday. Their house was never broken into in all the years they lived.

Nowadays, leave your door unlocked for a minute and some lowlife will sneak in and steal whatever they can get their hands on. In England it is quite common for houses to be robbed while the family are watching TV in the front room!

There can be little doubt that as the years progress it will get worse for, in England at least, the courts are soft on crime and never hand out a sentence intended to deter future transgressions. People today are constantly looking for something for nothing, and sadly, more often than not, they find it which makes them want more.

I am well aware there are still kind, generous people out there still willing to help those less fortunate, but these days that just makes them victims. As these tales show, old folks are the most vulnerable and are constantly targeted by the heartless among us.

I makes me wonder what people will be like in, say, fifty years time. I dread to think!

Roy.

Ferguson Aftermath

Posted in America, England, Equality, Justice, News, Police Complaints, Relationships, Teen Violence, Theft, USA with tags , , , on 06/01/2015 by floroy1942

Finally the fury following the police shooting of an unarmed black thief in Ferguson and the following deaths of unarmed blacks in Utah and New York have died down, and life is for the most part returning to normal. But since those events some interesting facts have come to light.

Some NYPD Officers Turn Their Back As The Mayor Speaks.

Some NYPD Officers Turn Their Back As The Mayor Speaks.

Chief among them was the ‘revenge’ killing of two New York police officers as they sat in their car. During one of the funerals last weekend it was notable that many of the police officers turned their back on the Mayor as he was giving his address to the gathered mourners.

Black Gang

Black Gang

This entire episode of the last five months has brought to the surface the deep antagonism between the black population of America and its white citizens. For their part the black population, especially in the more deprived areas, seem to be of the opinion that life owes them something, and this also true of the Hispanic populations as well.

For these people the idea of getting a good education and a job are foreign because they think there are easier ways of making a living, and that usually involves crime. Just take a look at the following:

2010 American Crime Statistics

2010/12 American Crime Statistics

When you read the above statistics it sheds light on one of the reasons why there is so much distrust of blacks in America, because they account for by far the largest proportion of crime, be it drugs, rape, robbery or murder.

They Did It - Why Can't You!

They Did It – Why Can’t You!

What these people need to learn is that if you want to make something of your life you have to work at it, i.e. integrate, get an education and then a job. Always try to get higher up the ladder by improving, rather than sit on your heels and expect someone to give you everything you need. The important thing to remember is that you have to do it yourself, for there are no ‘free rides’ in today’s society.

To a great extent a lot of the blame must fall on the parents, because they are the guiding light for any child growing up. If they have the will to push their children to make something of themselves despite their own failures, we would see more integration between the different communities in America. The following picture tells a lot about the attitude of parents to their children and crime:

A Black Parents View Of Black Crime

A Black Parents View Of Black Crime

From the looks of the placard held by this father, robbing a store is part of everyday life and I guess for some that’s true. It is a police officers sworn duty to uphold the law, so what do these people think he should do when a black teenager runs out of a shop with a gun in his hand after robbing the place? The teenager is certainly not going to put his gun down and allow the police officer to arrest him. So the inevitable happens.

Corner Stone Of A Strong Country

Intergration – Corner Stone Of A Strong Country

If the black population decided together to leave the ghetto’s and fully integrate with the white population who knows what could be achieved. It is certain that to begin with the road would be difficult for their will still be the basic distrust among the white citizens for the black man, but by hard work and advancement this could eventually be overcome.

If the black population really want to integrate there is no real reason why America should not have a true black or Hispanic President at sometime in the future, if that person has made the effort to improve him/herself sufficiently.

All Americans need to understand that to move forward together, they have to work together, for it is only in this way that the country can fully prosper.

Race hatred is a bad thing, but like it or not, we all share the same planet and must learn to live with one another.

Roy.

Benefit Cheat Gets Off Lightly

Posted in Benefits, Britain, England, Health, Insanity, Justice, News, Old Age Pensioner, Theft, UK with tags , , , , on 06/06/2014 by floroy1942

Daily we hear of the British Justice System failing to do its job, which to my mind is to deter criminals from their lifestyle, but once again it has failed.

Janet Curtis - Benefit Cheat

Janet Curtis – Benefit Cheat

This time its about a 64 year-old woman called Janet Curtis from Clacton who cheated the benefit system out of £140,000. She claimed benefits from the district council and the Department for Work and Pensions, saying that rheumatoid arthritis meant that she could not walk more than three metres without extreme discomfort. According to her she was wheel-chair bound.

On top of that she claimed she was unable to function independently and required 24-hour care, so she received additional benefit because she needed a live-in carer and therefore needed an additional bedroom.
Curtis continued to falsely claim housing and council tax benefits for her former home in Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, for more than a decade after moving out and living with her partner in Clacton, the council said.

Doreen Savage, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This was one of the most prolonged and serious cases of fraud which our investigators have ever had to deal with. Curtis’s web of deceit stretched back to the 1990s and only stopped when she was caught”.

Curtis Water-Skiing

Curtis Water-Skiing

She enjoyed lavish foreign holidays including one in Florida where she was filmed water-skiing. Water skiing ? Not bad for someone with crippling arthritis! When the video clip was discovered she was arrested for fraud and charged.

But this is where the justice system failed yet again. The judge reviewing the case in the Ipswich Crown Court found her guilty and promptly sentenced her to an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a six-month curfew order. A suspended sentence? What a ridiculous farce, and I might add, what use is a curfew order? Is that so she cannot go on a water-skiing holiday for six months? I call this sentence pathetic.

What further annoys me is there is no mention of regaining the misbegotten gains she made defrauding the tax payer. Why does she not at least have to do community work for free as some form of recompense for the money she stole?  Her house should be taken from her and sold to help repay all that she cheated out of the system, but no, she gets off almost Scot free.

I fail to see how judgments such as this are likely to stop other people who wish to, or are doing the same thing. The country has people who barely have money for food, and old age pensioners who have to choose between heating and food to survive throughout the winter, and this woman gets away with cheating the system of £140,000 for more than ten years. There are people serving a prison sentence for not paying their TV licence and yet this evil woman gets away with it. It’s preposterous!

The only way this country is going stop this kind of crime is to hand out stiff sentences. I can only guess the judge took pity on her because of her age, but that is no excuse. Sad to say, the current legal system in the UK is far from a deterrent, in fact sentences are so light it encourages people to break the law for they have no fear of the consequences.

Let us hope that at some time in the future Justice will get back to what it should be.

Roy.

Absurdity Of The Highest Degree

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, England, Government, Human Rights, Justice, Politics, Prison, Theft, UK with tags , , on 14/08/2013 by floroy1942

I cannot believe that a so-called ‘educated’ man can tell the government that we should not send thieves and fraudsters to jail!  Prof Andrew Ashworth, a ‘legal expert’, and Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University, has produced a pamphlet  to be distributed in which he says that jail time should be reserved for those “who commit crimes of a violent, sexual or threatening nature”.

Prof Andrew Ashworth

Prof Andrew Ashworth

He also argued against imprisoning repeat, non-violent offenders. He said, “for ‘pure property offences’, including theft, handling of stolen goods, criminal damage and fraud, imprisonment was disproportionate”. In his words, “Instead, the priority should be to deal with such offences in the community, giving precedence to compensation or reparation for the victim and, where the offence is sufficiently serious, imposing a community sentence.”

He claims that some 20,000 people go to prison each year for theft or handling stolen goods, 5,000 for fraud and 1,000 for criminal damage. The effect of his policy would reduce the number of men serving prison sentences by 8% (5,000 men) and women by 21% (700 women), saving around £230m each year.

Mugger In Action

Mugger In Action

O.K. clever dick, how you ‘compensate’ a couple who have been robbed of everything of value in their house? Pass the buck onto the insurance company who will pay a fraction of the value of the stolen articles, if they pay at all?  How do you ‘compensate’ old age pensioners who have been robbed of their most cherished possessions gathered over many years, and who may suffer serious illness as a result of the loss? What planet does this idiot live on, certainly not ours! It seems fairly certain that this pontificating fool has never been robbed or assaulted by a criminal. Perhaps he should go and talk to the many victims of crime before mouthing off!

This has raised a huge response from the public and many are saying that prison time does not stop re-offending, which is often true. So let us look at this argument and bisect the problems involved with keeping crime off our streets.

All The Comforts Of Home

All The Comforts Of Home

I agree with most of the comments that currently, prison does not stop the majority of criminals from re-offending, but that is for one simple reason, ever since the introduction of the Human Rights Laws we have been forced to turn our prisons into something resembling a holiday camp compared to the past.  We see often enough pictures of prisoners playing pool, lounging around, and of course every one has a TV, music and /or games centre in their cell. They have curtains on the windows so the sight of the bars will not traumatized them (oh my goodness, heaven forbid that they should be traumatized!), and the days of them doing hard labour are long behind us. Many of the custodial sentences handed out by the court, IF they get one, are so lenient as to mean nothing for the average criminal. For all the good prison does these days in getting criminals back ‘on the right path’ we might as well sentence them to a year in Butlin’s. Statistics have consistently shown that most of those sentenced to less than eighteen months automatically return to crime, sometimes within days of release.

Another Poor Victim In For A Surprise

Another Poor Victim In For A Surprise

On the other hand, those who get Community Service have no incentive to ‘go straight’. It is a fact that most times they do not turn up for work, and when they do they skive off somewhere. There is almost no supervision, and those sentenced to it find it a joke. There is absolutely no incentive whatsoever for an habitual thief or thug to turn away from crime, mainly because it pays well, and even if caught there is practically no comeback. Judges are consistently giving lighter and lighter sentences to hardened criminals to relieve the ‘over-crowding’ in our prisons and keep the Human Right’s Nutters happy.  Their argument is that even a serial child molester/rapist or serial killer has the right to his own cell  along with all the comforts of home.

Personally, I see nothing wrong with there being two, three, or even four prisoners to a cell and if they don’t like it, don’t do the crime! All the comforts currently enjoyed by serious criminals should be removed until they are left with a bed, a wash basin, and a toilet. For most less serious crimes, even six months of living in those conditions would be enough to deter all but the hardened criminal away from crime. The sentence received would be dependent on the criminal record and the crime. Serious offenders would live in the same conditions, but for a much longer period. Another factor is that criminals should be made to do hard labour 12 hours a day. All this pussyfooting around with pool tables, TV’s etc should be banned.

Boy George Doing 5 days C.M. For Cannabis Possession

Boy George Doing 5 days C.M. For Cannabis Possession

As for the joke known as Community Service, that should be banned entirely and replaced with prison time, for even three months in a prison with a harsh regime will be enough to persuade most, if not all petty criminals that crime does not pay. At the moment it does, and criminals are making large amounts of money at the expanse of the pain and misery of their victims. It has to stop, and to hell with their human rights until such time as they can prove themselves to be fit to re-join society. We can at least be happy that the Justice Minister Damian Green has rejected the proposals outright as he should.

In a speech to Magistrates in Canary Wharf London Mr. Green said “I think that would not just send the wrong signal to criminals and the public, it would send the wrong signal to victims. Repeat offending, even non-violent theft, can be a huge problem for an individual family, for an individual victim and can often blight a whole community. Habitual, prolific offenders should have the fear of prison hanging over them.” I agree with that except for one point, what is there to fear from a prison sentence these days except the loss of freedom of movement?

The Victim Support Group had this to say:  “Victims tell us they want more than anything else the punishment to fit the crime and for the criminal not to re-offend”.

Quite right I say, make criminals wish they had never crossed the line! There is too much emphasis on the criminals Human Rights and not enough on the victim! That has to change.

Roy.

So Starbucks Finally Paid Up!

Posted in America, Britain, Demonstration, England, Government, Justice, Theft, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 24/06/2013 by floroy1942
"We Keep Our Bucks"

“We Keep Our Bucks”

I read with interest this last week that the coffee chain Starbucks have finally paid the UK tax man the Corporation Tax they owe, or at least part of it. So that’s one down and more to come, hopefully, with Google and Amazon the remaining main defaulters. We, the less well off, seldom get a chance at the opportunities these big multi-national companies have to duck taxes, but there again, we do not have all the high-powered lawyers they have. Starbucks admitted they had not paid any Corporation Tax on sales worth £400 million in the years between 2009 and 2012, which should have netted the Treasury £92 million at 23%. That amount of money would have bought a lot of apples!

Whichever way you look at it, these companies hire the best lawyers and economists with one thought in mind: How can we get around the tax laws? Mind you the filthy rich are at it too, and if just 50% of these people paid what they owe, we, the rest, would be paying much less and the financial crisis would be over. It was interesting to read that Starbucks said they ‘made a loss last year’, why, because they were siphoning off the profits by “paying fees to other areas of its business — such as ‘royalty payments’ for the use of the brand”. How convenient!

Demonstration

Demonstration

Now they have suddenly decided to cough up what they owe for the tax year 2012, and in a statement they said: “We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions which would make us liable to pay £10 million in corporation tax this year and a further £10 million in 2014”.  Yea, Right! I suppose the fall-off in custom and the demonstrations outside various branches had nothing to do with that decision. Face it Starbucks, you finally got found out!

My only remaining question is, when are they going to cough up the back taxes of £92 million?

Roy.

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