Now we have the dripping wet Ken Clarke as Justice Secretary, this was inevitable;
Thousands of violent criminals will be spared prison under new sentencing rules handed down to the courts on Wednesday. Among them will be thugs who assault police officers and attackers guilty of one of the most serious violent offences – grievous bodily harm. Under the guidelines set by the Sentencing Council, which is led by senior judges, many violent offenders will get fines or community punishments instead of prison sentences.
This change in judicial priorities will save £10m a year. So, that’s OK then…until you meet one of these violent thugs.
Criminologist Dr David Green of the think tank Civitas said: ‘If you want to reduce violence, this is going in precisely the wrong direction. It is asking for trouble.’
David is exactly right. Some poor soul – maybe even you if you are reading this in the UK – will pay for this liberal lunacy concocted by our Conservative led government.