It’s not surprising to read that defence solicitors in England and Wales have warned
serious offenders are getting off lightly because police are chasing
performance targets, not villains! They said on-the-spot fines and cautions are overused to boost convictions and avoid court cases.The latest Home Office figures for fixed penalties show a 37% increase in 2006, with a 17% rise in cautions.
The Ministry of Justice said “it is not always necessary” for crimes to be dealt with in court. You can say that again, particularly when the same neo-Orwellian Ministry is driven by a desire to manipulate the crime figures so that a worried populace is lulled into a false sense of security. It’s the same scam they use in the Education and Health areas – it is the corruption of statistics, the setting of targets that are then met by re-defining standards, and the ongoing amelioration of public confidence.