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.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I Told You So

I take no pleasure whatever in passing on this report from The Guardian. The Government ploughed ahead with what it thought were crowd-pleasing measures to keep 'dangerous' offenders in prison and they have now run into the iron Law of Unintended Consequences.
It remains to be seen if a Brown government will be as eager as Blair was to pander to the tabloid mob. Something radical is going to have to be done, and soon. Let's see if anyone in Whitehall has the guts to face down the baying tabloid pack.