SEND FEWER CROOKS TO JAIL-SAYS LORD WOOLF
Doughty-Social Affairs Correspondent
May 13, 2005
THE debate over how to
punish criminals was reignited yesterday when England’s most senior judge said
fewer should be sent to prison.
Only a week after
Labour’s General Election victory, Lord Woolf warned Charles Clarke not to try
to interfere with sentencing.
longstanding appeal to his colleagues to keep criminals out of jail, the Lord Chief
Justice added: ‘Fourteen years ago the prison population was 42,000
and falling, while today it is 76,000 and forecast to rise.
wholly contradictory to public perceptions that the courts are unduly lenient’
[Our answer to this is
that if the courts had been doing their duty to protect society particularly
the old and disabled whom we hear are burgled and possibly murdered on an
almost weekly occurrence then the number in prison would have been not 76,000
but possibly 100,000 or even higher.
[If prisons are
bursting then this is the responsibility of Government who refuse to take
advise to increase the building of more prisons or use other tough camp regimes
under military guidance.
The Government made the
must solve IT
Of course we value the Independence
of the Judiciary because without it we would be on the road to an eventual
totalitarian state -some believe we are in fact almost there.
Let the Government build the
prisons and the Boot Camps or whatever and reverse their policies, which have
caused the major damage to our society. The softly softly approach no longer
works and the People are paying the Price?
Let the Judiciary do their
job under the Law but they should have wide discretion in order to see that
the criminal cannot laugh at the Court of Justice and think they can get away
Respect for our Judges is
paramount in our 800 year judicial history and for the Lord Chief Justice
to let it be known that he is not concerned that the criminals are becoming a
plague as dangerous as the word implies which is the interpretation that many
people read into the appeal for less criminals should be sent to jail. If they
are not in jail the majority are committing more crime which includes rape
-murder- assault and not to be forgotten- burglary which the
elderly and disabled bear the brunt.
We believe that the Judges
of England have not been as patriotic or bold enough to protect our
Constitution in the past though we have seen signs that there is movement in
In the reign of James the First
the Lord Chief Justice Coke (Cooke) challenged the king on an important
constitutional matter and stood firm as a rock for England and as a result he
was obliged to resign.
In ‘LAW IN THE MAKING’
by Carleton Kemp Allen M.C., K.C., D.C.L., F.B A. J.P.- OUP 1946
‘Nor is the English
lawyer prone to confuse the legal and the political. Our LAW has had its political
vicissitudes, and at certain periods of its history it has been threatened with
degradation into an instrument of government; it might, indeed, have suffered
that dismal fate but for the resistance of men like Sir Edward Coke.
But today (1946) there
is nothing more repellent to Anglo-Saxon legal instinct than the corruption of
law by political ‘ideology’.
[Is that not true
today when the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith in being asked by Jon Snow -Channel
4 -7pm news to explain his decision to change his mind about the legality of
the Iraq War after he had earlier stated with caveats the consequences of such
After first refusing to even answer the
question he was finally provoked to give a partial explanation which did not
close the matter and therefore the sore has not been lanced.
When the Independent
adviser to the Government the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith does not under
such circumstances give a full and open response it leaves the people with the
last stronghold of protection against wrongful action of Government under great
In our day we have had no
resignations and only recently have the Lions of England begun to show
their teeth and one should remember that a Prime Minister has signed our
country into the corrupt, unelected, unaccountable, and totalitarian United States
of Europe without any mass resignation of the Judges in defence of our
Common Law. Instead they have been the instruments of our enslavement as
surely as if they themselves had signed the Treaty.
Where and when over the past 30
years have the Lions about the Throne fought to prevent the drive to an
England subject to a Foreign Power. Whatever they may have done if anything it
certainly has made no effect on the road to an enslavement of the Free
To return to the subject of
Well! - It is no coincidence
that the rise in crime has taken place considerably since the advent of New
Labour with their almost destruction of Family and those values which this
nation held dear in Parliament and the Country.
The Government set the
example so they must reverse the trend and bring respect back into
society. In the meantime those persistent
offenders should be consigned to a tough regime -a boot camp where they will
learn that their attitude will not be tolerated any longer.
is of course necessary but the first duty of the Government is to protect the people
in their homes and the community.]
Lord Woolf in a
speech to academics in Cambridge, told ministers to stop trying to set down
tough prison terms.
He called for ‘restraint
on legislation on sentencing’ adding that there should be no new laws
unless ‘ absolutely necessary’.
His message came after
his victory over David Blunkett, Mr Clarke’s predecessor as Home Secretary, who
used new laws to try and force judges to make murderers serve longer in jail.
Sentencing Guidelines Council- the quango that sets down rules for
judges-managed to find ways of ordering shorter sentences anyway. On the day Mr Blunkett quit in December ,
it issued instructions to allow killers who plead guilty to go free early.
should have a say in the matter -as a compromise - the killer could be placed
in an another less restrictive but secure environment after release from prison
releasing space in prison for the tens of thousands that should already reside
The speech yesterday
came amid a furore over leniency.
Constable Paul Kernaghan this week called inadequate sentences ‘ demoralising for officers
and the communities they serve’.
Lord Woolf’s comments looked certain to
cement his reputation as the ‘burglar’s friend’.
he said, should be used primarily for the most serious offences.
[But have not
so-called less serious crime in many cases developed into serious crime. To talk in the terms of ‘serious crime’
is to overlook that so-called less serious crime can be devastating to the
victim -particularly the elderly who had hoped to enjoy their last years in peace
and quiet only to find the offender back breaking into their homes yet again.
Judges live in secure
homes in a world that many of them appear to give the impression that have no
real inkling of what is happening back on the streets.]
Instead he called for ‘more
meaningful’ community punishments, more drug testing and fines to be
[The facts are -the
majority of offenders avoid community punishments and as for fines in many
cases they are never paid.
As for drug testing it
is the Government’s see-saw attitude on drugs policy which has created the dire
conditions which have arisen in our society today]
Lord Woolf praised ministers
for accepting that short jail terms for less serious criminals are not
He demanded greater
use of innovations such as electronic tagging [this did not stop a murder
being committed] and called for more ‘restorative justice’ -in which
offenders apologise to victims.
Referring to the rise
in the prison population, he went on ’What perhaps should come as a shock to
the public is how successful we have been at preventing reoffending. [Other
studies no doubt will dispute this]
The cost of
reoffending by ex-prisoners is £11billion per year.
Jail overcrowding hits
the ability to cut reoffending, he said.
offender is returned to society at the end of his sentence with increased
skills, a job to go to and accommodation, the risk of offending is
[No reasonable person disputes
the matter of reform with this there is no dispute but what is surprising is
that Lord Woolf is saying that jail
overcrowding hits the ability to cut reoffending -is he not the advocate of
keeping the criminal out of prison?
His correct analysis over
needs to assist the offender to rejoin society will no doubt if successful
encourage those who in society have no job -no skills-or accommodation and no four
meals a day will find these features with the added marvellous recreation
facilities -drugs available and learning - behind those walls - one might
wonder whether life in jail might be an advantage -away from our crime ridden
community-at least if one is in solitary it is no doubt the safest place to be
in the country today.]
He implied that tougher
sentencing came as a knee-jerk reaction by Labour
‘I understand the desire to
respond to public reaction over the latest horrendous crime,’ said Lord Woolf.
‘However, to resist this
pressure would make a significant contribution to achieving the real gains that
the Government and Judiciary would like to see.’
what does this mean?
are the real gains that the Government and the Judiciary wish to see? We are under
the impression that they are opposed to each other’s policies.]
argued, should be left to the experts.
many times have we heard the judges to apologise because the sentence does not
fit the crime therefore the so-called experts are powerless to prevent the many
guilty from escaping their just disserts.]
His critics would
point out, however, that jail numbers have risen alongside crime levels, particularly
Evidence also suggests that
community punishments fail to cut reoffending.
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IF WE DESTROY OUR
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WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
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HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU
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THE TIME FOR BLUNT SPEAKING AS THE VERY
EXISTENCE OF OUR UNIQUE NATION STATE IS IN
We are told on the BBC (Brussels
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QUEEN now has a website which has footage of
the Royal Family in the past and that the
QUEEN is NOT
'Stuck in the past'
far as many patriotic subjects are concerned
we need to remain in the PAST when it
concerns the protection of our
have had and will continue to have but it
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Common Law of England and all which makes
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BE NO SURRENDER!
Should the Monarch fail to protect our
inherited RIGHTS and Liberties then we shall
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will still survive in the English Speaking
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MOTHER of PARLIAMENTS give away what is
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PARLIAMENT or the QUEEN.
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Our Queen and the EU Constitution
The Spirit of England
THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE
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We now learn
from the Daily Mail COMMENT on Christmas Eve
that the Queen's Speech will cover the
catastrophic fall in Values and Moral
behaviour since the beginning of her 56
-year reign. This has been brought about by
the actions of HER MINISTERS and the greater
number of those in HER PARLIAMENT who have
placed THEIR CONCERNS before the INTERESTS
of THE PEOPLE and NATION STATE.
the fact that HER PEOPLE feel LOST that has
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SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS and the TRAITOROUS
POLITICIANS including PRIME MINISTERS who
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for the marked drop in the number viewing
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There is a well know saying
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Christmas Day 2007 while the Monarch
talks our Rights and Liberties are
being taken from us under our very
Of course the QUEEN
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the matter concerns the very LIFE of an
INDEPENDENT STATE we expect that HER MAJESTY
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inherited Rights and Liberties which HER
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embodiment of OUR RIGHTS and LIBERTIES
ask at this late stage with only months to
the eradication of a FREE NATION STATE some
veiled comments that HER MAJESTY will
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As for the
MORAL tone of the NATION STATE at this most
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we ask HER MAJESTY to give those MILLIONS of
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has NOT FORGOTTEN THEM.
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