…from the quill of Antisthenes
…and do not rejoice, people. The sentences, meted out to the recent rioters by British courts are for show only. Media, for all practical purposes uniformly socialist, picked up a few court decisions, which at the ignorant first glance may appear to be too harsh, and use them as an excuse to beat the drum to the prescribed Marxist’s rhythm.
Soon the British taxpayers will finance the appeals against the severity of those sentences, and the superior courts, in their infinite wisdom and even more infinite cowardice, will start reducing them. I do not know what British criminal law is now, but I know that some time ago, the Queensland Criminal Code, close to English common law, provided for the punishment as follows:
sec.63 – Any person who takes part in a riot is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment with hard labour for three years.
sec.65 – Any persons who, being riotously assembled together, unlawfully pull down or destroy, or begin to pull down and destroy -
(a) Any building whatever; …
are guilty of a crime: and each of them is liable to imprisonment with hard labour for life, with or without solitary confinement. …
[A competent prosecutor could do even better]
I do not know how mangled the criminal law principles got in the last ten years or so, but it would seem that even the sentences reported by our media are reasonable and still on a “lower end of the scale”. I hope that our Queensland socialist Premier, Anna Blight, will not now rush to amend the criminal laws to ensure that her feral comrades in despoliation are immune, should they get slightly out of hand. Of course, there might not be any need for that; which ALP appointed judge or a magistrate would dare to sentence an Australian Labor Party supporter-in-spirit to more than a slap on the wrist?