Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Domestic Violence: Some people are never satisfied.

There's no pleasing some people is there?

Headline on Tuesday's Times

Since legislation was introduced in July to criminalise domestic abuse at least 5,000 women have failed to report violent partners, judges have claimed. Under the Domestic Violence Act 2007 a breach of a non-molestation order is now a criminal offence and not dealt with in the civil courts.

But battered wives, and sometimes husbands, are reluctant to seek an order for fear of giving their partners a criminal record and, potentially, a prison sentence of up to five years.

This Labour government is breaking it's back bringing out new laws to fix all your problems.

Yet people keep clamouring for the government to do something. We're in parliament almost every day working tirelessly, churning out new laws to help the people faster than the barristers and accountants can keep up.
We've managed to create a new law for each day we've been in power.

Remarkably, Labour is creating offences at twice the rate of the previous Tory administration. During its last nine years in office, under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, fewer than 500 new crimes reached the statute book via primary legislation.

Some appreciation would be nice once in a while.
Like a busy office, the sign of a good efficient government is how much paperwork it can produce
In your face, Tory losers!


Anduril said...

Ms. Harman:

Have you ever thought that there might be more than enough laws already, and that new ones which do little more than the old ones offered to may not be the best solution?


Search and Rescue Alarms are de rigeur for Special Forces. They are de rigeur for private contractors in Iraq, who will not go to work without them.

They are used in the US to protect children who may be at risk in their homes.

Think of a wrist-watch, a pendant, a belt-buckle. There are two buttons. When both of these buttons are pressed simultaneously, a radio signal is transmitted, with the user's ID and GPS (Global Positioning System Coordinates). Instantly, an alarm flashes up on a "Big Board" in the nearest Control Centre, identifying the person at risk and showing exactly where they are. Rescue teams can then be sent by the fastest route to defend them.

We can all have this right now. The technology is mature and affordable. We can choose which rescue service best meets our needs and performance criteria.

Policing becomes the defence of Human Rights rather than an occupying army of social control. Criminals would be strongly deterred. Crime scenes would be reached faster, protecting evidence and witnesses.

People would feel much more confident and secure. And nobody's privacy or human rights are violated. Instead, people are much less subject to harm of all kinds. Policing becomes "event-driven" AND "customer-driven."

And we get to find out who is on our side, defending us and our rights. Quite a vote-winner...

Tony Hollick

Happy Harriet Harman said...

Have you ever thought that there might be more than enough laws already, and that new ones which do little more than the old ones offered to may not be the best solution?

Tony, I am afraid the thought has never once occurred to me.
I find that things that don't occur to me are usually not worth thinking about anyway but thank you for pointing it out.

Your proposal for SARAs is very interesting. I like the name. Very feminine. Feminisation of the armed forces is very much on my to-do list. I am glad that there are people out there on my wave-length

So many things to do, so little time...