The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Is He Serious?

From the Right Honourable Charles Clarke MP:-

"Unpaid work is the core of it all," he said. "If you have to work rather than hang around in a prison cell I think that is tougher. Work is virtuous in this sense. It will be a frightening thing."

Yeah, right. The sad thing is that he doesn't even believe it himself. If unpaid work is tougher than prison, why not swap them around in the sentencing guidelines? And as for offenders working on the Olympic project, words fail me. Do you really see offenders from the 30-odd London boroughs being bussed over to the East to do their unpaid work?