Saturday, September 04, 2010

Schadenfreude Update

The Magistrate on the ITV revelation that a lot of "community service" youth do damn-all except sit around smoking dope :

I am sure that it came as no surprise to anyone in the system to hear that a number of projects are poorly managed and sloppily supervised. I have been writing on here for years about the dozens of times that governments have promised 'really tough' community punishments. On the whole it hasn't happened.
We don't always see eye to eye, but, like Lib Con's Adam Ramsey he at least seems to realise that a large number of Blair's 'tough on crime' soundbites were 'for amusement only'.

Ken Clarke, by contrast, doesn't even bother pretending to be tough.



(see also It's Schadenfreude Time ...)

3 comments:

JuliaM said...

Potentially dangerous, though, given the revelations today about the quarter of motorists who get to keep their licenses despite eye-watering driving records.

That image of the old duffer magistrate is going to rear it's ugly head again.

Gallimaufry said...

The lack of security guards in the open-plan customer-friendly JobCentre and Muslim line-management (look after the brothers and sisters), always just too far away, meant that I was very reluctant to press the more violent members of our community about their job searching. And the paperwork* required to submit a request for a sanction took ages.
*printed out from computer records then sent by internal post, for goodness sake.
The ultimate problem is that PC bureaucracy is unable to distinguish good peeople from bad ones and persecutes the good because it is easier.

Mark said...

'The ultimate problem is that PC bureaucracy is unable to distinguish good peeople from bad ones and persecutes the good because it is easier.'

Spot on Gallimaufry. The working principles of all bureaucracies are-
1. Go for the low hanging fruit
2. Cover your back.

Companies and Governments operating in the 'Asian Tiger ' economies are of course unencumbered by PC ridden HR Departments; yet our political elites seem unwilling to address the possibility that the presence of this cancer is a factor in our relative decline. Which only goes to show what utter two faced shits most of them are.