The seafront is tidy, the litter is being collected but there’s one more thing the people of Thanet would among the long list or priorities that concern us all. That’s law an order and a visibly effective and ‘zero tolerance’ criminal justice system.
Muggings, thuggings and vandalism are on the rise and are encouraged by a more relaxed licensing regime, if you listen to the argument of the Chief Constable of Kent. Local residents would be forgiven for thinking that matters were starting to spiral out of control and confidence in the criminal justice system to protect residents and deal swiftly and effectively with the perpetrators, appears from comments on this website, to be at an all time low.
The Sunday Telegraph also reports today that “Ten thousand crimes are being committed every month by offenders on probation” and goes on to write: “The British public is increasingly worried by judgments whose effect is to rank the "rights" of criminals higher than those of law-abiding citizens. As a result, the whole notion of human rights is becoming discredited. Rather than basic protections against arbitrary power, "human rights" are now seen as legal fictions that prevent the police, the intelligence services and other government agencies from doing what they believe needs to be done in order to safeguard the nation.”
Talk to anyone else and with an aircraft instead of a white van, I get around a bit, you’ll find that the worries of the people of Thanet are no different to those to the people of Newport, where I was yesterday afternoon or anywhere else in the country. As one woman, in Wales yesterday, commented, “we pay more and more tax but are streets are full of thieves.”
A sociologist might argue that the 19th century streets were a great deal more violent than the streets of today but there’s an overriding sense among the community that we’ve lost control of our ability to deter crime at all, with the normally law-abiding first offender fast-tracked through the legal system, while the scum responsible for a constant background hum of low-intensity but socially impactful crime, walk free or are simply untouchable because they are too young or have “issues.”
Tell me I’m wrong.