Monday, August 27, 2007

Whose Rights?

The British government, who seem to have a knack for this sort of thing, find themselves embroiled in yet another unwinnable conflict. This time it's not in the dusty wastes of Iraq or Afghanistan but a bit closer to home.
For shortly they are going to unleash a convicted murderer into society. Apparently the formula goes something like this: One life taken away equals 12 years of yours forfeited, one sixth of the Biblically allotted span. Of course, you will receive three meals a day plus a roof over your head at the taxpayers expense. And, just in case on your release, there are some who are just a teensy weensy bit upset about you having killed someone, we'll give you a whole new identity and a fresh start in life, once again at the taxpayer's expense.
“Ah, Mr. Luigi, I see from your job application that you've been working for the government for twelve years. Must have started young, eh, ha ha? Well it's good to know that you have some experience with knives since we need someone like you in the meat department. There we've got lots of nice shiny ones and, as I always say, busy hands are happy hands. You and your mum have just moved here I understand. Welcome to the neighbourhood. Nice little house you picked out for her. Funny thing,. though, I could have sworn I'd seen your face somewhere before.”
Governments come down hard on citizens who have deceived them in simple matters such as income tax but it is apparently OK for governments to fob the public off with a convicted killer as a respectable member of society.
The alternative is to ship him back to the land of his birth but this seems a bit tough on Italy. After all, they had little part in his upbringing and one should never forget their invaluable contribution to Allied victory during the war. Siding with Mr. Hitler was an automatic set of bonus points for Britain, Russia and the United States. And, on top of that, they gave us pizza and Gina Lollobrigida as well as giving the Pope somewhere to hang his hat.
Their human rights record was not too good around the time of Nero and his crowd but they make up for it by having strong family ties, just think of the Mafia, and it is here that I feel a strong case could be made.
They could bang the young thug up in the same cell as his father, and, I'm told, two can live as cheaply as one. Families should stick together and no doubt at his trial much was made of the absence of a father figure in his life. That should fix it for him.


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