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Message 1151440 - Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 13:26:23 UTC

The whole point of a custodial sentence is to firstly punish the wrongdoer, and secondly to provide a deterrent for re-offending, and to others not to offend in the first place.

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What on earth was the point of giving sentences of 9 and 12 months only to let them out after 3? What sort of message is that giving to others? Are we to think that their influence and money paid a part? Whay didn't the judge insist that they serve at least 6 months each before being considered for some sort of parole? Was he leant on not to?

Both the Peers concerned said during their trials that submitting false claims was accepted practice among members of the Lords. OK, don't let's be naive here, it had always been known in both Houses of Parliament, that fiddling the expenses, provided it was within the rules at the time, were an accepted perk of the job. The Expenses Committee is/was maintained of course by the Speakers Office, and Chaired by the Speaker, surprise surprise.

OK chaps, let's set our own rules that so we can drive a coach and horses through them, and if we get caught, we'll just claim custom and practice. Both the Peers claimed they were made scapegoats to appease public opinion at the time, and that others were just as culpable. OK chaps, ever heard of the word moral? no? thought not ....

The second problem here is a totally cockeyed Justice system

The Prison Service does not comment on individual cases but a spokesman said home detention was used for "low-risk prisoners", serving sentences of between three months and four years, who had spent at least 30 days behind bars. It is understood they were freed on curfew with electronic tags, having served a quarter of their term.


Well obviously, neither are going to abscond abroad, or be a risk to the public are they, so clearly they are both classified as low risk. But we apparently have a system that says, you can get sentenced to 4 years in prison, but in theory be out in 1 month??? Sitting in your own house with home comforts, even if under curfew and electronically tagged, is a million times better than life in a prison cell.

I just give up and despair at times ........

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Message 1151468 - Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 15:37:52 UTC

Maybe it’s me, as I have this particular eye to notice things. It is said that justice is blind, however it’s just blind folded in one eye.
No more comments in the case that was described by you Chris. By the way, and off topic now, please take some time to visit Portugal, you will find some very interesting and good places to visit. Good food, good wine, and most important good people. If you are interested please send me a message, I will give point you some good non tourist trap points.
Back t the topic, is the same in any country, people who should lead by example, well they just give the wrong example.

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Message 1151513 - Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 19:04:04 UTC

One good thing about their sending to jail (coming out early or not) is they now have a criminal conviction. In the future, if they want to travel abroad, individually or as part of an official party, the criminal conviction should stop their part of these jollies.
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Message 1151746 - Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 8:46:10 UTC
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I doubt that they would want to go on any jolly after this anyway. A criminal record won't affect them jobwise, I doubt they need employment, and they probably own their own houses too, although both plead they are not well off. Socially behind the scenes they could well be supported by those that didn't get sent down. Their only real shame will be their amended entry in Debretts.

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