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It isn’t just the ‘big things’ they get wrong either. There are so many smaller things that add up to something bigger and, eventually, begin to chip away at your faith in our democracy or, to be more accurate, those charged with running and organizing our democracy.
I’ll take a ‘small thing’ first. It may be a singular event but events like it are happening all the time and it is bloody annoying. I will say that it isn’t a small thing to this chaps family incidentally.
A Romanian chap, Sandu Laurentiu-Sava, came over from a small village in Romania with other villagers he had grown up with. I presume they had come to Blighty for a better life.
Anyway, he and his friends ended up working at a hand car wash. The owner charged them £40 a week to live above the car wash. To say the conditions were squalid is an understatement. Their living quarters were also dangerous.
If this was a ‘better life’ I hate to think how wretched their lives must have been in Romania.
They had all complained to the car wash owner, their landlord, about the living conditions but, not being able to communicate in English they had no idea how to improve their lot using the law.
The chap in question went for a shower, got electrocuted and died.
The car wash owner/landlord was given 4 years in prison for negligent manslaughter and instructed to pay the chap’s family back in Romania £20,000.
Excuse me? Four years for allowing his property to become so dangerous that someone died because of his negligence? He will probably be out in 2 years. £20,000 may well be a huge sum in Romania – and, obviously, how do you put a price on someone’s life? – but is that it? Is that our legal system? Oh dear.
This is a good example of how ‘the system’ fails so often. Whoever is in charge of our legal system is clearly oblivious to ordinary people. Most ‘ordinary people’ would be far happier if creatures like this car wash owner didn’t exist of course but, sadly, they do.
The punishment needs to fit the crime and not be ludicrously lenient.
Labor Shadow Home Secretary, Dianne Abbott, has been spouting drivel again – we have so much to not look forward to if Labour gets in with her still around.
The police have started knocking criminals off their scooters and mopeds. The criminals mug people and then ride away which makes it difficult to catch them as they are so mobile and can ride down alleyways thereby avoiding the chasing police.
As a result, the police are ramming them if there is a chance. It’s working too. They are catching more of them.
Abbott seems more concerned with the safety of the criminals when you look at the mad cows Twitter feed. Typical.
For better or worse, the British people voted to leave The EU. Is it happening? No. All the government has offered is some sort of convoluted ‘deal’ that ties us still to The EU.
Now, look. It matters not whether you are a ‘remainer’ or a ‘leaver’. For better or worse a democratic decision was reached. As the government, they are obliged to follow it through.
Only countries without democracy ignore democracy so, are we democratic or not? Clearly, given the behavior of our government since the referendum result, we are not – unless it suits ‘those in charge’.
Given Trump’s behavior in the USA, I would have thought readers would have some sympathy for our difficulties over here. Maybe, maybe not.
Democracy is not for ‘those in charge’ it is for us. Governments are elected to govern in a way that is most satisfactory for ‘the people’.
Clearly, the ‘nirvana’ of keeping everybody happy all the time is not feasible but, ignoring what the population wants to the extent of laws that fail to properly protect the innocent and punish the guilty being stubbornly adhered to rather than change for the better is dangerously stupid.
Failing to act like a democracy is also dangerously stupid.