Talk about going full circle.
Updated: Feb 5
Now and then, I get a creeping feeling that in 2010, I awoke one May morning into a grim political dystopia, probably muttering the entirely futile words
“Look what you’ve done now…”
“I didn’t vote for the bastards, it’s your own fault”.
Oh, wait, oh dear, that did actually happen.
So despite driving 500,000 to such depths of poverty through benefits changes, under-employment or unemployment that they have to rely on food banks to survive, making it easier to sack the people who are, by their labour, underpinning your economy, doesn’t appear to be enough. Where A girl called Jack is faced with the challenge of raising a child on £10 a week. Of course, all the while the 1% scoff the gourmet burgers, trouser their healthy bonuses/expenses, and have a right old chuckle about how many people they’ve put out of work this week. (Apologies – Link to the Daily Mail).
We are in the tail is wagging the dog territory here. The government are meant to be serving us, sensibly and fairly, and to a certain extent, protecting the populace from their baser instincts. Besides if you fancy baying at the TV, we already have Jeremy Kyle so if you feel the urge to berate people with chaotic lives with an intriguingly loose moral framework, Bob’s your uncle. Though if you prefer your vowels rounder and your suits better cut, you can always catch Boris on Question Time or HIGNFY – Or there’ll be something on somewhere about Alan Clarke – Shaky grasps on certain social and moral subjects R’ Us apparently.
I’m probably being terribly naive here, but I thought the mark of a civilised society was supposed to be that despite the level of your despair and desolation if you committed a crime, you were treated soberly and respectfully by the justice system and not exposed to the indignities of public sentencing and public punishments. You know, like we used to do, and it was apparently terribly barbaric and unfair?
That is all this is, the government state that it appeals to the need to see justice done, but if anything, it appeals more to our desire for collective revenge. Our baser instincts. While all the time, our rights are eroded when we’re distracted by a pantomime of justice.
Showing sentencing on television isn’t constructive or likely to build trust in the justice system, it’s public flogging or throwing rotten tomatoes at someone in the town square.