Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Prison break

Murderers, rapists and god knows who else - over 1,000 in all - have been let loose in this country after serious oversight from the Home Office. I don't care if they were foreign or not, as it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to their potential victims. All I know is that if there was a general election tomorrow, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Tories won. There isn't an election tomorrow, of course, but Labour can certainly save itself a lot of face if Charles Clarke steps down before the end of the week. To stay on now just reinforces the perception of Blair and his cabinet ministers living in a consequence-free environment. Well, except for David Blunkett, that is. Call me old-fashioned, but this latest blunder seems to have considerably greater repercussions for the country at large.


At April 26, 2006 4:28 pm, Anonymous pangloss said...

'I don't care if they were foreign or not'

I thought the entire issue was that they were foreign. The fact is, murderers and rapists are set free every day. It's what happens when someone reaches the end of their sentence.

At April 26, 2006 5:17 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

It seemed to me that these specific ones had been let out prior to reaching the end of their sentences, though, isn't that the case? As a result of some mammoth administrative cock-up. Over 1,000 people with no sort of rehabilitation or counselling or whatever other good is supposed to come out of the state corrective system? I suppose it will be a drop in the ocean on the national level, but it looks bloody awful on paper.

But yes, the fact they are foreign nationals on top of everything else just makes certain members of government look even more incompetent. The countries from which these people come must be relieved to have them taken off their hands for awhile.


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