Panorama & Libya

I know the point of Panorama is to anger the viewer but I am angry towards Panorama. They are taking a blinkered perspective, not accounting for culture or respect.

I remember travelling to Libya in the 90’s and as part of my warning, I was told that the punishment for stealing is to chop a hand off, if I steal a second time, I lose my other hand so that I cannot steal again. If I commited any crime, punishment was harsh. An eye for an eye pretty much sums up their policy based on their culture and beliefs.

Now along come Panorama and they are objecting to the way prisoners are treated. Come on. Imagine the Libyans started berating us for giving people who commit crime an easy time. We would not accept them interferring in our judicial systems, so why do we think we can and should interfer in their policies, methods and justice?

Suicide

If you ever wanted to cmmit suicide then New York is the place to do it because jumping off a building is illegal. This is punishable by death. Just hope they punish you asap rather than after the recovery period of the fall. But at least you can rest assured, that if you fail, they probably won’t! Definate success?

Right to Vote

Recently there has been a whole lot of commotion about the human rights of prisoners, and their right to vote. Obviously like everyone else I have my own perspective and it is based on these 3 points:-

  1. A prisoner is a person who lost his rights by committing an injustice against society.
  2. Punishment is their having their freedoms and rights removed from them.
  3. If they do not give a toss about victimising people, then do you think care about society enough to vote? Also do you think they are responsible enough to take the RIGHT decision (based on their history)?

Besides which, are there not also the complications about getting their vote (safety, cost, security etc).

Obviously there are some exceptions but they are exceptions.

So in my opinion, if you don’t care for society.. then you deserve to lose your right to vote!

Respect

When someone thinks it is funny (why else would he have done it?) to urinate over a symbol of respect towards people who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, you know that we have gone beyond a joke. Seriously, what was going through his head? It’s not like he is the thickest of people… he does attend university! But he is definitely the most disrespectful. I must say I do agree with the judge… a prison sentence would not be fruitful (and a waste of taxpayers money) and a community sentence might teach him some respect. Mind you, 250 hours is only 6 weeks work, and for a student is not very long. Perhaps a longer sentence … but hopefully he will learn some respect.

The Law

In case you actually get frisky in an ambulance (strange I know…. but it must have happened as a law has been passed in Utah), bear in mind that it may be illegal like it is in Utah! Besides your charges, if you are a woman, you will also be named and shamed in the papers. The man gets away with the naming and shaming. How’s that for equality.

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment is usually carried out by lethal injection. It comprises 3 parts. One to put them to sleep, one to paralyse them and the last potassium to stop the heart. A point to note is that death by lethal injection destroys organs. Death by hanging, on the other hand, leaves the organs in perfect condition as the person dies because they break their neck.

There are issues of cruelty on both counts, however, for the point of this post, I won’t go into the morality. I am taking the fact that people awarded capital punishment deserve it and all they get, as fact.

I feel that if someone has commit a crime so heinous as to deserve capital punishment, than the least that the person can do is automatically give back to the community by “donating” their organs.

The Law

Liverpool has been recently known as the Capital of Culture. How is this for culture…

Well as you know in most places going topless is illegal. Except that to every rule there are exceptions! In Liverpool, you can go topless if you work in a tropical fish store or in a bank serving foreign currency!

Fun law for a change!!