Monday, 16 September 2013


Britons may be forgiven for waking up this morning thinking they are in a staging of Les Mis.  For today the news is this: benefit cheats can be imprisoned for up to ten years.  Now, I don't know about you, but that's the definition of draconian.  It may be morally repugnant to cheat the state of some money, but very few crimes legitimately warrant doing serious time in the klink.  Hard time is a serious thing to inflict on anyone - and it is likely to make a soft criminal a hardened one on release.  Rather than impose longer sentences for victimless crimes (the state is not a person), the state should find alternatives to cells, bars and Wormwood.
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