Thursday, January 18, 2007
It's too hard to keep a straight face. The question is whether to laugh or cry though.
Question: what's serious crime?
Answer: well, you know, murder, money laundering, fishing for trout with a line left unattended in the water, depositing controlled waste without a licence.
Question: so we shouldn't do that?
Answer: no, because otherwise a judge, sitting without a jury, might make an order which, if breached, would put you in prison for five years. Oh, and you don't have to do anything, you just have to conduct yourself in a way that was likely to make it easier for someone to commit a serious offence, whether or not it was committed.
More seriously, it seems to me that the UK government has jettisoned all principles of English law, leaving executive diktat behind. What price an elective dictatorship?