Mod­ern Bri­tain is a play­park for the aso­cial as ‘snowflakes’ let them run amok

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Ca­reer burglar Henry Vin­cent is killed by his own weapon while at­tack­ing a frail cou­ple in their eight­ies, his fra­ter­nity lay daily “trib­utes” across the road from the home he and an ac­com­plice tried to rob, yet po­lice and lo­cal politi­cians have warned dis­gusted lo­cal res­i­dents not to re­move any of it?

I be­lieve the real pur­pose of the round-the-clock re­place­ment of flow­ers and cards to an­other house­holder’s fence with­out per­mis­sion is to in­tim­i­date the Os­born-brooks (whoseon­ly­crime­was­de­fend­ing them­selves) and other lo­cal res­i­dents, whom these par­a­sites seem to be­lieve they have the “right” to rob sim­ply be­cause they’re old, frail and of means from work­ing hard.

How­ever well in­ten­tioned arethose­be­yond­hith­er­green now in­ter­ven­ing, Lewisham res­i­dents must be fear­ing a re­turn to the days when far­right and Trot­skyite out­siders reg­u­larly hi­jacked lo­cal dis­putes to in­flame mat­ters un­til they got the pitched street battle they sought, leaving lo­cals to clear up the mess af­ter.

Yet de­spite the clear po­ten­tial threat to pub­lic or­der, it’s the law-abid­ing lo­cals feel­ing the weight of the law cour­tesy of Met Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick, who in a mere 12 months of putting po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness first has presided over Lon­don’s big­gest crime wave in a decade by turn­ing the Metropoli­tan Po­lice into the Key­stone Cops.

Mod­ern Bri­tain has be­come the aso­cial’s play park whilst the law abid­ing ma­jor­ity freezes in a state-spon­sored snowflake storm pro­tect­ing their “right” to do as they please.

MARK BOYLE Linn Park Gar­dens John­stone, Ren­frew­shire

The Home Sec­re­tary, Am­ber Rudd, “will do what­ever it takes” to en­sure the streets are safe from vi­o­lent thugs.

I doubt it. She will not leg­is­late for con­sec­u­tive sen­tences as the de­fault penalty for mul­ti­ple crimes (rather than con­cur­rent); nor for far longer sen­tences for se­rial ca­reer crim­i­nals; nor for abol­ish­ing tar­iff re­duc­tions, or the sen­tenc­ing con­straints of which many judges com­plain; nor for build­ing enough new pris­ons to cater for the fore­go­ing in the short term. In the longer term, along with more ef­fec­tive pre­re­lease re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, such mea­sures would surely re­sult in a clear re­duc­tion in vi­o­lent street crimes and bur­glar­ies as far fewer po­ten­tial per­pe­tra­tors would be free to com­mit them.

Scot­land’s po­lit­i­cal and ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties should take the lead.

JOHN BIR­KETT Horse­leys Park, St Andrews

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.