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Has The World Gone Completely Mad?

Posted in America, Britain, European Union, Human Rights, Immigrants, Insurgents, News, Police, Prison, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 03/06/2017 by floroy1942

You can never watch the TV news without hearing of a disaster or murder somewhere. All over the world there is killing and maiming on a massive scale. In countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, the Far East, and Europe we have all seen deadly bombings and shootouts by terrorists.

I have come to the conclusion that the whole world is going mad, and you can lay a lot of the blame on Muslims. I am well aware that most of them living among us are peaceful, and all the blame must lie at the feet of the extremists. The sad thing is, they are turning our peaceful Muslims into killers evidenced by the number of attacks in Europe by those who have lived among us for some time.

The one sure way to deal with terrorists is cover their bodies in pig blood before executing them. Muslims have a fear of pigs because they will not go to heaven and get their 72 virgins if they are contaminated.

But we should not only blame the Muslims for the violence in our world, for we have very many ‘home-grown’ killers among us. It is impossible to read the newspapers or watch the TV news without there being a murder somewhere. Killing and maiming has become a part of our daily lives, and as time progresses it will get worse.

The law seems incapable of handling all this violence, for killers are released after two or three years from our prisons and they go on to do it again. It is a fact that murderers do not fear the justice system anymore because it has gone soft. This is due to our homegrown ‘Do-Gooders’ who think that two or three years in a nice comfortable prison will change their minds. How wrong they are!

If we did bring back the death penalty, the number of killers on our streets would shrink to almost zero, for they will know what is waiting for them – the hangman’s noose!

The governments of the world have to crack down hard on terrorists and criminals if this wave of violence is to stop. The softer we get on these people will only encourage them to continue their way of life, which is killing innocent people.

These ‘Do-Gooders’ are to blame for the outrageous number of deaths we see in a year, for they have made life very easy for convicts. Sentenced to ten years (not life) and back on the streets in three or four years. In prison they lead a life of luxury that many people would be envious of, and it is not enough to make them change their ways. When I was young prison was something to be feared by criminals, but now, its a very easy life with everything provided for their comfort. So there is no incentive to change your ways when your sentence is finished.

I am glad I am 74 years old and will not have to put up with the violence on our streets and the constant attacks from ISIS for much longer. During my lifetime I have seen the world go from peace to continuing violence, and I have to say that I am glad I am not five or twenty years old anymore. Who knows what the world will look like in ten or twenty years time? Your guess is as good as mine!

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.

Life Should Mean Life – Another CHR Cockup!

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Human Rights, Insanity, Justice, Prison, UK with tags , , , , on 09/07/2013 by floroy1942

I was astounded to read reports today that the European Convention on Human Rights has once again interfered in British Law on the side of criminals. This time they are saying that to send a convicted killer to prison ‘for life’ was “inhuman and degrading”. They are talking about some of the most vicious and callous killers in our prisons, and say they have the right to a review of their prison sentence, with the possibility of release. Their report is in reaction to an appeal brought by three of Britain’s most brutal killers, namely, Jeremy Bamber, Douglas Vinter and Peter Moore.

Meddling European Judges.

Meddling European Judges.

In the opinion of the judges, for a life prison sentence to “remain compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights there has to be both a possibility of review and a possibility of release”. In effect, this means that the British Government must amend the law to ensure it complies with the CHR dictates, which would give life term prisoners the right to demand release. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights which consisted of 17 judges, did say that their decision did not mean that killers like Bamber,  Vinter and Moore could look forward to being freed in the near future.

Many UK politicians, including the Prime Minister David Cameron have openly disagreed with the verdict, in  fact the Prime Minister even went so far as to say in true politician fashion, that he was “very, very disappointed”. Ooooh David! Why don’t you just come out and say it David – “Shove your decision where the sun don’t shine”. That would really be telling the interfering busybodies!

Lets have a quick look at the killers in the spotlight in this case.

Jeremy Bamber Murdered His Entire Family For Profit

Jeremy Bamber Murdered His Entire Family For Profit

Jeremy Bamber, who was born in 1961, murdered his step-father, mother, sister, and her six-year-old twin sons in his parents’ home at White House Farm. He then placed the weapon, a shotgun, in the hands of his sister who suffered from schizophrenia, and shot her too to give the impression of a murder suicide by his sick sister. According to the prosecution in the case, he did this to secure a large inheritance. He received five life sentences in 1994.

Douglas Vinter - Double Killer

Douglas Vinter – Double Killer

Douglas Vinter, born 1970 in London, England, was first convicted of murder in 1996, having stabbed to death train worker Robert Eden (24) in a Middlesbrough railway cabin. At the time, Vinter had been working as a railway signalman. He served a mere nine years in prison for Mr Eden’s murder before being released and moving to Tees-side. A year after being released from prison, Vinter married Anne White, but they separated after seven months because during their stormy marriage, Vinter had attacked his wife twice. On 11 February 2008, he strangled and stabbed her to death at his mother’s home in Normanby, Teesside while high on drugs and alcohol.

Peter Moore Killed Four People

Peter Moore Killed Four People

Peter Moore who was born 1940, is a serial killer who in 1995 murdered four men, Henry Roberts, a 56-year-old gay man, Edward Carthy, a 28-year-old man whom Moore met in a gay bar, Keith Randles, a 49-year-old traffic manager, and Anthony Davies, 40. All were stabbed to death and mutilated  “for fun”.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in an interview: “People will find the ruling intensely frustrating. I think this will simply reinforce the desire in this country for wholesale reform of our human rights laws. I suspect that the vast majority of the public think the court is just getting this wrong – at the very least it should be a matter for the British Parliament.” Well, you got that right Mr, Grayling!

There are of course many more killers of the same ilk serving life sentences in our prisons, in total 54, but some have had there sentences reduced even though they will still be old men when they are released.

Well, Mr. Grayling - 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!'

Well, Mr. Grayling – ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!’

This whole saga brings to light once again how the EU Court of Human Rights is interfering in British Justice because it is being manipulated by criminals who more often than not get what they wish. It is a further stab in the back for the relatives of victims who must already face the prospect of their loved one’s killers often not getting a justifiable sentence. Many of these men, like Douglas Vinter, are repeat killers who have murdered someone else after being released from prison for their first murder. Others have killed multiple times, but still Strasbourg thinks we must respect their ‘Human Rights’. Well I say, to hell with their human rights and lets see the law on the side of the victims  for a change. It took ten years to deport the terrorist preachers Qatada and Hamsa because of their interference in British Justice, and I for one say NO MORE!

For me, the only course open to the government is to tell Strasbourg to get the hell out of the British Justice System and let us deal with these people under British Law!

Roy.

Britain – Where the Law is An Ass!

Posted in Britain, England, Insanity, Justice, Prison, UK with tags , , , , , , on 26/01/2012 by floroy1942

Once again the British Justice system has triumphed by letting out a cold-blooded killer after serving only a fraction of his sentence. There is quite rightly, outrage among many people that Ricky Preddie has been released from jail again after serving  just over half his sentence for murder. His brother Danny was released last September.

Damilola Taylor Caught On CCTV On His Way Home

Most people will be familiar with the murder of 10 year-old Damilola Taylor, who was stabbed in the thigh with a broken bottle and left to bleed to death by the brothers Ricky and Danny Preddie in 2002. In 2006 both were sentenced to eight years at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the murder, but not surprisingly both served only half their sentence. Ricky was released in September 2010 on parole but was returned to prison last year for breaking the terms of his probation, While Danny was released last year. Ricky had already broken the terms of his first release in 2010, and now less than a year later the Independent Parole Board have released him again.

The Preddie Bros. In Prison - Reformed? Hardly!

The really sad thing about it is that neither brother has once shown any remorse for the killing and are not considered to have reformed in any way. So this begs the question: Why are these two animals back in circulation? With regard to Ricky, Gary Trowsdale managing director of the Damilola Taylor Trust, said: “We do not understand why he was released in the first place. What can we do, though? The system is the system, and the system is flawed.” Flawed indeed, for it is not the first time child killers have been let out of jail long before the end of their sentence. The Bulger killers Thomson and Venebles is another case in point.

Ricky Preddie Today

This is another example of the sickening do-gooders on the Parole Board who seem to think that so long as a killer has spent five minutes behind bars he/she is fit to rejoin society. It is inconsistent with justice, it is inconsistent with public safety, and it is grossly immoral. If a convicted felon has shown that he is sorry for his actions, proven to be a model prisoner, and has clearly changed his ways then there is a case for early release, but these two killers have shown none of this, so why were they released early?

Typical Parole Board Hearing

I can only conclude that the ‘Bleeding Hearts’ Brigade have taken over the Parole Board and made it their own, because I cannot believe that any sane person would allow such an injustice. These people are making a mockery of the entire justice system, although they are not the only ones of course. We have weak judges who give thugs a slap on the wrist, and when one finally does jail an offender they get let out by this stupid excuse for a Parole Board. I’m sorry, but to me, justice in the UK stinks to high heaven!

Roy.

‘Tough’ Community Service – Another Ken Clark Option Doomed To Failure!

Posted in Britain, Budget Cuts, Child Discipline, Conservative Party, David Cameron, Demonstration, Elections, England, Government, Government Spending, Human Rights, Justice, Liberal Party, MP's, Nick Clegg, Parliament, Police, Political Correctness, Prison, Riot, Teen Violence, Teens, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , , on 25/08/2011 by floroy1942

I know money is tight and the prisons are full, but I cannot for the life of me understand how our Justice Minister, Ken Clark, keeps rattling on about ‘Community Service’ being the answer to re-offending! This man is so out of touch with public opinion as to be laughable. Even his own government department statistics say he is totally wrong. Many Tory M.P’s were angry at his move away from tough sentencing.

Time To Go?

I am sorry Ken, you have given your country good service over the years, but you really should consider retirement.

He promises that instead of sitting at home watching TV or being down the pub having a beer when they are supposed to be doing community service, prisoners will be made to work a minimum of 28 hours a week paying back the community doing odd jobs like clearing up litter and painting! 

Stoke-on-Trent community service trial:

http://youtu.be/uO-PUMT5_6s

THIS Is Hard Work - 48 Hours A Week!

Considering that working people put in at least 48 hours a week I don’t call that ‘Hard Labour’ as he calls it. I also don’t think clearing up rubbish and painting is ‘hard labour’!

True, he is stuck with a problem in that the prisons are full and cost the country a fortune, but there are far better ways than this stupid idea. Criminals should be ‘banged up’ and anything less is just not good enough.

Even Women Prisoners Get To Improve Their Snooker Skills

If he really needs to cut expenses, take away all the TV’s, pool tables, gym machines and other luxuries that prisoners enjoy daily. Things which law-abiding people cannot afford! The cost of all these items comes from his Justice Department budget, and consequently the tax payer. That’s how you save money Ken!!!!

It is time all these superfluous things were taken away and the prisons turned back into places of punishment, not 5 Star hotels. Criminals in British prisons consider our penal system a joke, and that is why they turn to a life of crime, and why they re-offend as soon as they are released, sometimes within days for cryin’ out loud!

After A Hard Day Playing Snooker

Our Ken is so out of touch, he is even giving them a day off to look for a job; “Where convicts are unemployed, they will be forced to work a minimum of 28 hours over four days, with the fifth day spent looking for a job”. At least they will have time enough for a drink with their mates, or perhaps commit another crime!!!!

For the last thirty years, the public have been begging each successive government to ‘get tough on crime’, and sure enough, during each election all parties swear they will be.

Labour went the other way during their last term in office. Under them, less than half of all community orders were completed, and one in ten was cut short because the person doing it reoffended before completing  it. Criminals placed on community orders in 2008 committed almost a quarter of a million offences in the following 12 months. Of these, 1,500 were serious crimes such as murder and rape.

Although we have had promises (as usual) from the Conservatives and Liberals, what they are proposing still isn’t enough!

How Our Cells Are....

It is time Britain had its own Bill of Rights (even though we have the Magna Carta), and all these ‘Human Rights’ nutters should be told to go jump off the nearest cliff.

You cannot turn people away from a life of crime by being soft, and hoping they will change their ways. In our society, criminals, and especially young ones, see crime as the ‘way to go’. If caught they have little to fear, as is proven time and again by the fact many re-offend even while on bail for the first offence.

....And How They Should Be!

The youth of today are feared by much of the population, and they revel in it. It gives many a ‘buzz’ to see honest citizens cross the road rather than share a pavement with them. They are drunk with their own perceived ‘power’ and exercise it at will. They have no fear of going to prison, because it will at least give them chance to play a few rounds of snooker!

People have been complaining about the ‘harsh’ sentences handed out following the recent riots, but folks, that’s what you have been asking for all these years. Finally you get a government that is fulfilling your wishes, and you still complain!!!!!!

You Want To Give HIM A Slap-on-the -Wrist?

Stop whining and support those of our politicians who are willing to give out harsh sentences. Only by insisting the law return to complete impartiality can we hope for a return to any form of normalcy. Breaking the law is breaking the law, no matter how trivial the offence may seem!  

Campaign, or start a petition to get rid of all the luxuries prisoners enjoy on a daily basis, and insist our prisons return to what they once were; A place of punishment. Only by putting the fear of God into criminals will we ever persuade them to change their ways!

Roy.

You’ve Got It Wrong Ken – Clark on Prison Reform

Posted in Britain, England, Government, Government Spending, Immigrants, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, MP's, Old Age Pensioner, Parliament, Police, Prison, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , on 05/03/2011 by floroy1942

Ken Clark, the British Justice Secretary, has come under fire from Magistrates for his prison reform agenda. He has stated he wants prisoners who are “unlikely to get a prison sentence” to be given automatic bail. It’s all part of his plan to reduce costs and solve the overcrowding in british prisons.

Where It All Begins

Thankfully, those with more brains, i.e. the Magistrates, are coming out in opposition. Due to the overcrowding, most felons get off with community service or ‘slap on the wrist’ anyway these days, so that means the greater majority of criminals, around 35,000, will be back on the streets straight away if Ken has his way.

The magistrates are, quite rightly in my opinion, afraid offenders will have all the time they need to intimidate witnesses, commit further crimes, and fail to turn up for their hearings. All fairly logical and pretty obvious to anyone but a dimwit.

Another Misguided Politician

Ken Clark has put forward many proposals to ease the prison population, among them halving the sentences of criminals who confess to their crimes, and releasing 3,000 of the current 80,000 inmate population early. He claims he wants to “break the cycle” of reoffending by tackling the causes of crime. Bullshit Ken!

The only thing a hardened criminal respects is a long hard prison term and nothing less will do the job. It is long past time when authorities recognize that criminals are a danger to society and no amount of hand-wringing and psychological babble is going to make them mend their ways. Certainly not reducing sentences, for all that will do is make the situation worse. If a felon knows he can commit crimes and get away with it almost scot-free he will laugh at the justice system all the way to his short-stay cell.

To give the man credit, he has stated that inmates of HM Prisons should be made to work a full working week just like the rest of us, and more demanding community sentencing is required, which is fine so long as the correct controls are in place. He also advocates deporting immigrant criminals instead of giving them a custodial sentence in Britain. Now that I do agree with!

All the Comforts of Home

I have made my feelings on this general subject amply in the past in previous posts and still believe heavier sentencing and removing the ‘5 star hotel’ atmosphere in prisons is the best answer. Make prisons something to be feared by all criminals as it was in the past. That will sure as hell break the cycle of reoffending and no doubt about it.

It seems all the measures being taken by Ken Clark are aimed at reducing the prison population and more importantly, reducing costs. His stated aim is to reduce the £4Bn per year prison and probation costs by 20% in the next 4 years. Good Luck Ken – You’ll need it! The general public will as usual be the losers!

One of the main problems today is overcrowding, but to me that means we should build more prisons not release prisoners early to reduce it. Although some attempts have been made to increase the prison capacity over the last three decades, it has proven to be insufficient. The main reason for this is the inability of the authorities to prevent villains from reoffending, and jail sentencing has become so much of a joke its no longer a deterrent.

That's Funny - I Don't Have One. You?

Today’s jailbirds live in far better conditions than the majority of our old age pensioners, which in itself is a scandal. There is nothing hard or harsh about prison life these days, its more akin to a holiday camp with all the comforts of home. TV, gym equipment, snooker tables, cinema, games and library, in fact everything we ordinary law-abiding mortals do not have. And on top of that, they get to sit around on their fat duffs for most of the time. Where in the name of all thats holy is the incentive to ‘go straight’ after a prison sentence?

I am not going to go into what I think prisons should be like again, I have done it so often, suffice it to say, if you are interested, I refer you to my earlier posts as follows:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/the-youth-crime-debate/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/death-penalty-outlawed-and-now-look-at-the-mess/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/prisons-under-strain/

Six Months In Here and You Won't Re-Offend!

There can be little doubt that our justice system is in urgent need of a major overhaul, for the prime facet of law enforcement, i.e. taking criminals out of circulation and thereby protecting the public, no longer seems to be a prime motivator.

From what I have read in recent news bulletins I am convinced that Ken Clark is totally on the wrong track. His reforms will do nothing to bolster public faith in the justice system of our country, and as the magistrates have already said, they are more likely to undermine that confidence. Ah Well! Roll on the next politician who promises to be ‘tough on crime’!

Roy.

 

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