I’m finding the sentencing for the rioters/looters pretty difficult to either comprehend or accept.
It appears that if you systematically steal thousands of pounds from taxpayers*over a period of months and years, you’re either allowed to just pay it back and we’ll forget it all happened or you’ll get a slap on the wrist. If you run major corporations and steal from the country, from your shareholders, from whoever else, you’ll just be allowed to buy your way out of it or do a runner. If you illegally cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, nothing will happen to you.
But woe betide those who take some doughnuts, or some cosmetics, or think about doing something wrong in the heat of the moment.
“Among the others to be sentenced was David Swarbrick, 25, was jailed for two years after he stole £25 worth of Oil of Olay from a Quality Save store.”
Just read that. Re-read it. Look at it. Take it in. Two years for a £25 tub of face cream. We had MPs – upstanding members of society we’re supposed to look up to – stealing tens of thousands of pounds and being allowed to pay it back. A man steals something worth £25, gets sent down for two years. What?
I’m sure it’ll be appealed and I hope all of these stupid sentences are quashed. I’m also aware of different cases having different circumstances, of white collar crime being viewed in a different way and blah de blah. Yes there are arguments and reasoning on both sides, but anybody who says this whole sentencing debacle is anything other than… a debacle… really isn’t looking at things in a rational way.
Plus, apparently, they want to live in a world where you can be sentenced to six months for thinking about doing something.
*I don’t say ‘taxpayers’ because I’m such a great, good, taxpaying member of the public who would never do anything wrong – I say it to highlight the fact that it means you.