Skip to comments.Britain: A Thieves' Paradise
Posted on 02/04/2003 3:18:02 PM PST by yankeedame
Britain: A Thieves' Paradise
by Paul Johnson
...Not so long ago, one source of anti-Americanism...was the belief that crime was out of control in the U.S. But things have changed...: U.S. crime rates now compare favorably with Europe's--and unlike Europe's, they are going down, not up.
These disparities are the result of government policies more than social behavior.... American cities' "zero tolerance" approach to crime contrasts with Europe's increasing liberalism.
A Tragic Case in Point
....crime on the home front has reached pandemic proportions. And the authorities are making it easier for criminals... In January a judge freed a drug-addict-turned-professional-burglar who plies his trade swinging a machete. This man had 51 previous convictions. The judge said he wouldn't mete out a prison sentence, in the hope the man would give up drugs and develop his "undoubted talent for writing poetry." ...
This ultraliberal approach reflects recent directives regarding sentencing given by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf...[who] directed judges not to send first-time and some second-time burglars to jail but to sentence them to "community service."
...Burglary accounted for 16% of the 5.8 million crimes recorded in England and Wales for the 12-month period that ended in September 2002--an increase of 8%. For every 1,000 people there are 17 burglaries a year, and 1 in 5 victims have been burglarized more than once. (My house has been hit 3 times.)
On average there are 314 burglaries a day in London. The police solve only 12% of these crimes. They pretty much admit that crime is beyond their control. In most cases when a break-in is reported, the police confine their actions to offering sympathy and a free session of "distress counseling." Victims report burglaries only to comply with the terms of their insurance policies, but insurance companies are becoming increasingly reluctant to meet burglary claims...
The only occasions that bestir the police to frenetic activity are when the household interrupts a burglar and resists him. If the burglar is hurt, his victim is invariably charged with assault.
In 1999 a farmer who had been repeatedly burglarized and had received little help from the police attempted to scare two burglars he had caught in the act by threatening them with his shotgun. In the ensuing struggle, the gun went off and one of the intruders was killed. The farmer was sentenced to life imprisonment, the sentence later reduced on appeal. But he was refused early release by the parole board on the ground that he was "a danger to burglars."
...When a society abolishes capital punishment, it ceases to regard crime as a moral wrong and sees it as merely a social problem....When Britain replaced capital punishment for murder with life imprisonment, the parliamentarians who had urged reform insisted that "life means life." Not so.
Some convicted murderers now serve as little as seven years. And many murders are now reclassified as "manslaughter," which carries a lesser jail term... One of the most closely guarded secrets is the number of murders committed by convicted killers who have been released from "life" sentences. That number is perhaps 100, or more.
The authorities claim the police are overworked. But only 30% of police time is devoted to crime--the rest is spent on filling out forms, "community work," giving lectures to children on the evils of racism and performing other such tasks beloved by liberals.
...an enormous new campaign has been launched by Scotland Yard to deal with so-called hate crimes, most of which sonstitute spoken words that the politiclly correct claim are offensive to minorities.
The treatment of crime in Britain shows a historical shift away from the protection of life and property towards the pursuit of ideological ends. This is one of the reasons I advise young people nowadays to immigrate to the U.S.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
Nevertheless, human rights violations of the most severe type continue in Britain, many of which are directed at Muslims, who make up 90% of the population of many English urban districts.
What is "severe"?
But, of course, ethnically cleansing 90% of the law-abiding native population and replacing them with imported foreign barbarians was not a human rights violation, because the liberals did it, and liberals can do no wrong.
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