Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Monday, 22 February 2016
JOINED UP GOVERNMENT BUT ONLY IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE
Multiple convictions for drink driving are generally the result of alcohol addiction. An offender on his fifth such conviction in ten years must surely be assumed to be an alcoholic. This offender has been made the subject of a 12 month suspended sentence order with the comments of the bench chairman, "previous orders do not seem to have deterred him from committing further offences".
Is there no liaison possible between Justice and Health Departments where all those bright young things fighting for promotion can think up suitable cost effective alternatives to prison sentences , suspended or otherwise, to combat the 70% of criminal activity owing to drink or drug habits. Financial penalties are not a solution considering the gaping gap between the amounts imposed and the amounts collected.
What`s the term I`m seeking? Got it! Joined up government...... perhaps it`s all around in an unseen alternate universe.