Welcome to the Orwellian State.

I wonder if I’m the only person who thinks this is a disgrace:

Student protester jailed for throwing fire extinguisher

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12159581

versus:

G20: No charges over Ian Tomlinson demo death

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-10723274

Let’s put this in perspective:

The former is an act of stupidity by a little more than a CHILD which resulted in NO INJURY to anyone that has lead to a young person’s incarceration for 2 1/2 years and a future being irrevocably altered (probably not for the better).

The latter is an unnecessary vicious attack perpetrated by a man (P.C. Simon Harwood) with a documented history of violence which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander and carries the penalty of…. losing his job *if* the charges of gross misconduct actually stick (of which there is no guarantee).

Am I the only one  who struggles to see the “Justice” in this?

Not a very “equal” society one would have to say.

  • http://twitter.com/codek1 Dan Keeley

    Thanks for that Joe – I’m glad I wasn’t the only one thinking the sentence was completely over the top – and it did seem to be motivated by something other than normal justice

  • http://joevaughan.com Joe Vaughan

    I think what galls me the most is the alacrity with which the system can meter out “justice” to a kid guilty of a little more than a stupid act when there’s a political motivation to do so but takes two years to “rap the knuckles of ” (if indeed they do) a man guilty (by any reasonable measure) of, at the very least, manslaughter if not 2nd degree murder.

    Keep in mind also that the self same kid came forward (and I doubt the police would have caught the culprit if he hadn’t) of his own volition while in the aftermath of Ian Tomlinson’s death, the Met closed ranks to protect the culprit.

    In a civilized democracy, the executive and the judiciary are supposed to be separate and one should not and indeed cannot influence the other. The police are supposed to exist to protect the public from harm, not to deal it out at the whim of the political overlords.

    Modern British “democracy” is a mockery of the term.