Violent criminals won’t get summary justice

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

It was announced yesterday that the Home Office was going to introduce illegal on-the-spot fines for a range of crimes including assaulting a police officer (which is different to assaulting a normal person because …).

Magistrates and Police were, understandably, a bit upset that violent criminals were going to get nothing more than a slap on the wrist and a fine and the Home Office has backtracked saying that it was never the intention and the Home Secretary would never agree to such a proposal.

However, the backtrack is only for the violent crimes.  The other crimes mentioned – possession of cannabis, petty theft, etc. – will still be punishable by illegal on-the-spot fines.  The unelected North British Lord Chancellor of England said earlier in the year that he intended to flood the legal system with illegal on-the-spot fines.  I’m wondering what is going to be left for the new British government-appointed Supreme Court when it is eventually formed.

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