Saturday, April 03, 2010

When You Have Too Many Laws...'re always guaranteed a supply of criminals.


Ronsonic said...

Mankind is failed and flawed. In every profession, every culture and sub-culture you will find failings. The original sin of cops is laziness. In England, apparently cowardice is moving on up as well.

Investigating and apprehending real criminals is work and occasionally dangerous. But they aren't paid to arrest dangerous criminals, they are paid to make arrests. Anything that can be prosecuted will do.

I'd say to hell with them, but they're already on their way. Not necessarily in the spiritual sense, I wouldn't presume to know, though in their situation I'd be seriously concerned about my own fate. But in this earth. Each cop making these arrests will likely reach old age himself and the culture of cowardice and sloth he has promoted will only be worst by then.

Now we know why "Clockwork Orange" was banned in England. It hit too close to home.

wally said...

I think a good rule of thumb when getting your news from these British tabloids is to see the claims verified elsewhere before getting your panties in a bunch. I'm not saying this article is wrong, I'm just saying that given the reputation of these tabloids, a little corroboration might be wise.

Bob said...

@wally: I tend to gravitate toward the Daily Mail because it focuses on crime/law and order/guns issues more than the other UK newspapers. It also features better photography to go along with the stories, something a blogger finds helpful. I have RSS feeds of the Independent, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Times in addition to the Daily Mail, and I see the same stories covered in each, with slight variations according to the political inclinations of the various editors involved. I also have feeds to the New York Times, USA Today, The Charlotte (NC) Observer, The Gainesville (FL) Sun, The Galveston (TX) Daily News, The Anchorage (AK) Daily News, The Navy Times, The Stars & Stripes (European edition), McLatchy News, UPI, The Wilmington (NC) Star-News, and a lot of blogs. I don't read each article in each feed, but I review the headlines and click on the stories that interest me, much as any blogger does. In short, I think I'm fairly well informed and capable of judging the accuracy of the news stories that I read. I think that it's possible that I read more left-wing content than you do right-wing content on a day-to-day basis, at least judging by the way that you evinced surprise at the way that Fox News (Faux News, you often call it) covered a story in a fairly neutral manner.

wally said...

Sorry, Bob, I was imprecise in my language. I didn't mean to imply that you got all your news from British tabloids, just news about UK crime/guns/heathcare. I know you're well-read.
I'm going to start reading the Times of London for a while and see if some of these articles you cite show up there. I'm never too old to learn. I'll let you know what I find.