Jeremy Sear of Pure Poison on how wonderful it can be when self-interest and principle collide:
One of the convenient things about believing in a me-first ideology like the conservatism beloved of certain News Ltd writers, is that it requires pretty much no sacrifice. Your opposition to tax increases for the rich conveniently matches your opposition to tax increases for yourself. Your political stance is “what’s good for me”, so it’s not exactly difficult to live up to it.
The sad thing is that the same people who read the criminal reports in the Hun and don’t ask even basic questions (like – hang on, that doesn’t sound right. Why did the Judge do that? And why doesn’t the Hun tell me the Judge’s reasons?) will take Howe’s rant seriously and demand terrible, dangerous, damaging action from cowardly and populist politicians. The upshot of which will be, if not the implementation of any of Howe’s demented suggestions, more “mandatory minimum” sentencing sections in criminal legislation (with all the commensurate justice you get from a punishment being determined in advance by politicians who’ve heard not a word of the case rather than an experienced, qualified human being who can judge a case on its merits).
Which is a serious blow to justice.
Excellent pieces, both, if he does say so myself, which I think excuse him from writing anything on his actual blog today.