Tuesday, 15th January 2013
BRITAIN: A VIOLENT SOCIETY OUT OF CONTROL – There is not a day goes by where I do not read of another violent crime in the United Kingdom and it beggars to ask the question; “Are we safe at all?”
Some quarters as voicing their concerns that since the abolition of Corporal and Capital Punishment in the United Kingdom, it has become an increasingly violent and unruly place to live.
Corporal Punishment was abolished by law in State Schools in 1986, while it took a further 3 years to abolish it in Private Schools which occurred in 1988.
When it comes to Capital Punishment, this was abolished in 1965 for all crimes except that of Treason and Piracy and in 1998 were also abolished by legislation.
I read today of two disturbing cases of violent crime, one involving Road Rage, where a resident simply asked the driver to slow down, resulting the driver beating the man unconscious and leaving him fighting for his life in a hospital bed. The other was the case of two old age pensioners who were severely beaten until they gave up their PIN number on their credit cards.
A recent article explored the reasons why our criminals are not sent to prison, with the simple truth that our prisons are heavily over populated and this, combined with the Human Rights Act 1998, almost prevents imprisonment by our Judges – contrary to belief the system is not the fault of our Judges but the fault of a growing liberal society that feels even the most heinous of crimes should be approached with caring and understanding that the perpetrators are not always at fault but that the fault lies within the very society failing them.
Every now and then the subject of reinstating Corporal and Capital Punishment raises its head and each time the Liberals argue the case against such a reintroduction, its argument being that ‘An eye for an eye’ should not be the way forward for a civilized society. However, if we live in such a civilized society, why does the United Kingdom have one of the highest violent crime rates in the so-called civilized world?
With the increasing number of foreign immigrants, and together with all their different cultures and religions, the UK has become an extremely divided society. We can clearly see this division and its growth with the increasing number of cases of abuse – it is clear that our respect for each other is diminishing with each and every day and the only thing that matters is our own selfish needs.
The last statement may seem a little harsh, regarding being selfish, however there is a growing opinion that the British Public would like to see an end to immigration and see the removal of most immigrants, many of which are directly responsible for the increasing violent crimes being reported.
Would it be so bad if the United Kingdom once again reintroduced both Corporal and Capital Punishment? When our children are fully aware that no matter how unsociable their behaviour, either within the classroom, at home or on their streets, is that they cannot be punished, under the law, what reasons do they have for curbing their unruly behavior? Has the liberal approached worked and are we, as a society, better off with the abolition of being able to chastise our children? In my view it would appear not.
I often look at Singapore and their system of justice. Singapore has both Corporal and Capital Punishment and it is one of the safest countries in the world. I once spoke to a Taxi Driver on my way to the airport and I asked him what life was like for a citizen and how safe it was. He told me that he would happily let his 14 year old daughter walk through the park at 3am as it was highly unlikely anyone would touch her. He went on to say that she would probably be approached but only with the intention of asking her if she was OK and in need of assistance.
Surely a society, such as Singapore, with its inflexible laws, when it comes to crime and how they interact socially, could be a model that is employed in our own legal system.
I have heard the argument that Singapore’s judicial system is barbaric, but this only comes from the liberals who sincerely believe that all criminals and all unruly behaviour is just a way for them to cry out for help, however in my view, and in many others, it is believed that crime and unruly behaviour is born out of the realization that the law will do little, if anything, to punish them.
Is it time to bring back both Corporal and Capital Punishment? It would appear that since their abolition things have certainly not improved and in fact society is degrading on a daily basis.