Sunday, 3rd February 2013
IS THE UK GOING TO TOUGHEN UP PRISON LIFE? – I write this article with more than a little skepticism. The announcement from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is that he intends to make prison life a lot less comfortable as a deterrent to would be criminals.
So what are Chris Grayling’s intentions? Here’s a brief summary:
Make prisoners were prison uniforms and not all them to wear their own clothes.
Remove televisions from prison cells and cut off SKY TV subscription
Not allow gay relationships within a prison and certainly not allow any person having such a relationship to share a cell. He is also considering transferring prisoners to other prisons, if they do engage in a gay relationship, so as to keep them apart.
Reduce the amount of pocket money prisoners have.
Reduce the amount of pocket money that a prison may spend in the prison shop on confectioneries.
Prisoners who do not behave will have their automatic right to early release revoked.
Now these are just some of the proposed measures and quite frankly I feel it is a move in a very positive way, although personally I would include a few more penalties. The whole idea behind these proposals is that the UK prisons should NOT be holiday camps but rather a place that you do not want to return to. Prisons, in their current state, are simply no deterrent to any criminal.
Note that I started writing this article with the view of skepticism. The simple truth is that unless Chris Grayling is going to either tear up or seriously amends the Human Rights Act 1998 then his proposed plans will languish on his desk until some finally realizes it just all rubbish and condemns them to the waste paper basket.
I’ll have to change my name to Polly, because I feel like a Parrot, but here goes… The UK Citizens are never going to see real justice done in our courts or in our prison system until we finally wake up and realize that the ‘Liberal Way’ is simply unrealistic, unworkable and just plain idiotic.
The UK needs to scrap the Human Rights Act 1998 altogether and if the UK must have one then rewrite it using common sense and keep the liberals out of the room.
The only comforting part about this story is that at least one person in government recognizes that the system is seriously flawed. However, it will take more than one person to see this and be willing, as Chris Grayling has done, to stand up and speak a little common sense – not something generally associate with any government ministers that I know of.
Yes, I am sure that if these ideas were put to a public referendum, as they should be in an open and free democratic society, then Chris Grayling would be able to make these pipe dreams a reality. Of course you have the problem of getting over the Liberal do-gooders that feel the UK Citizens are not mature enough for such a referendum and so this pipe dream will remain just that.
I’m afraid that the British have lost all self respect and have turned into a nation of jellyfish, which is spineless and is simply pushed through the sea of life by the currents of liberalism. Of course you could prove me wrong and actually do something about the problems the UK has, but I for one won’t be holding my breath.