Britain continues its descent into a socialist hell, devoid of any justice or morality. We now live in a sub-Marxist world where the ultra-politicised institutions of the State wield arbitrary power, bullying the decent members of the public while dangerous criminals walk free.
The legal system is fast becoming an instrument of oppression rather than a bulwark of civilisation. Such is the grip of Left-wing thinking on our so-called law enforcers that they are no longer willing to protect society from violence and thuggery.
Instead, they prefer to hound ordinary citizens over offences such as thought crimes or breaches of their myriad environmental regulations. Similarly, infringements of traffic rules are pursued with far more authoritarian zeal than is ever applied to burglary, assault, theft, drug abuse or vandalism. in this process of politicisation, common sense has disappeared and basic freedoms have been destroyed.
In the Big Brother culture created by Labour, full of vast databases, surveillance cameras, state- employed spies and intrusive questionnaires, all of us are now treated as potential criminal suspects for being insufficiently enthusiastic about cultural diversity or the fashionable green agenda.
Yet the real enemies of our society, like crack-addicted thieves, drunken yobs, benefit swindlers or islamic terrorists, have little to fear from our enfeebled courts, which wallow in leniency and excuse-making. The only people whose human rights count are those of offenders, not their victims.
Never has criminal law been wider in its scope or more useless in its central purpose of maintaining order. Under Labour more than 3,600 new offences have been created since 1997 at a rate of 320 a year, including such major crimes as holding an unlicensed concert in a church hall.
Despite this frenzy of legislation, violent crime has more than doubled in the last 10 years, while the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have become so cowardly in the face of genuine brutality that fewer than half of all violent offenders are ever put through the courts.
Obsessed with politically correct environmentalism, ministers and judges now speak in ever-more threatening terms about the requirement for households to recycle their waste in the official, state-approved manner.
The Government has warned that homes will soon have to cope with even more complex rules. as part of this drive to turn Britain into a “zero-waste nation”, a pilot scheme is being tested in the north London borough of Brent where residents have been given boxes for recyclable items from a list of no fewer than 12 categories.
“We have a 12-step programme with a fixed penalty notice as the final step,” said one of Brent’s officials, sounding like a commissar in charge of a political re-education programme. already, state fixation with green bullying has resulted in the kind of punishments that the courts would not dream of imposing on young thugs or serial shoplifters.
In Sunderland, for instance, residents have been threatened with fines of £1,000 for putting their rubbish out on the wrong day. Further south in the test valley in Hampshire, the local authority employs a team of 12 bin monitors, whose job is to compile a database of repeat environmental offenders, this in a political climate where the policeand town halls continually bleat about “lack of resources” to deal with serious criminals.
Last week, guidelines by Lord Justice Sedley urged that magistrates should take a role “equal to Greenpeace” by punishing environmental offences more heavily. in a highly political statement, he argued that “despoliation of the environment is arguably the gravest of all problems we are going to hand on to our children”. it is telling that Sedley, once a tutor at a communist party summer school, has boasted that “changing the world” is one of his ideals.
The same twisted values can now be seen throughout public life in Britain. the Metropolitan Police employed no fewer than 25 officers in the arrest of Tory frontbencher Damian Green for daring to highlight the shambles of the Government’s immigration policy yet the State has displayed no such vigour in dealing with illegal migrants or foreign criminals.
The Government is now planning a surreptitious amnesty for at least 200,000 asylum seekers, 90 per cent of whose claims are bogus. in the same way, anyone who wants to work with children is treated as a potential paedophile yet the State is woefully ineffectual at dealing with the real menaces.
Only last month David Berry, 61, from Hartlepool, walked free from court despite amassing more than 500 images of child pornography. the judge imposed a meaningless community order rather than a jail sentence. Today the Commons is debating a Government proposal to make it illegal for newsagents to display cigarettes for sale. Yet this is the same Government that has all but legalised soft drugs and treats dangerous addicts as victims of society rather than law breakers.
There is even a move, pushed last week by the Prison Governors association, to abolish all prison sentences of less than 12 months, replacing them with community sentences. The rest of us will be living in the shadow of fear, left defenceless by a State machine that is no longer on our side.
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