Monday, 16 June 2008
Tough on Crime.....
Tough on crime, rough on criminals
Plans to publicly shame criminals could be on the cards
Tony Blair promised to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. His successor Gordon Brown may be about to out-tough him.
Louise Casey, the former head of the government's Respect unit, has drawn up a series of radical measures to fight crime.
Plans to make people serving community sentences wear visible jackets identifying that they are criminals and the possible publication of posters and websites with pictures of offenders are likely to be the most controversial of the plans.
Alongside the Guardian story on the paper's front page is a picture of people kneeling in orange Guanta´namo-style boiler suits with their hands behind their heads. It sends a shiver down the spine until you realise it relates to a separate article about protests against George Bush in London.
Even if the criminals are more likely to be forced to wear high visibility bibs - according to the Mail - rather than orange boiler suits, the plans are unlikely to go down well with civil liberties' groups still fuming over attempts to extend the period terror suspects can be held without trial.
Extract from Haroon Siddique Guardian News Blog.
Scary stuff I think you will agree. It won't be long until the people not wearing high viz will be the ones standing out. Homogenize, work, consume, watch reality TV and let your leaders take control.
To borrow a phrase from the immortal Bill Hicks,
"I'm sure their motives are pure."
Aghh well, break out the victory gin I suppose.