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Readers’ comments: Pity the poor lawbreakers


In response to Ollie Wright: Police are right to send moped muggers flying, David wrote:
This reluctance to pursue in order to arrest is yet another manifestation of the problems that started when liberalism was accepted by the political elite. Previously if someone committed a crime they were considered as responsible for their own actions. To steal or assault was their choice, their decision and they are responsible for their own actions. If they resist arrest then they can expect to be treated roughly, as the law must be upheld.

But then the idea crept in that, as we are all raised in a society, any flaws in our behaviour are the result of some malign influence that society has inflicted upon us. So suddenly, in one fell swoop, it is society that is always guilty not the criminal, who then becomes the victim of society. We, society, are then in a totally no-win situation. Moreover the victim, even of the foulest crime, deserves less sympathy than the criminal. So we must treat law breakers extremely gently, with sympathy, as really they are just our failures – it’s always our fault. At this rate police officers will be required to ask the criminals, ever so politely of course, whether they’d object to us arresting them!

Outatime wrote:

It’s only a matter of time until the Supreme Court rules that punishing criminals is a breach of their Human Rights.

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