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Saturday, August 13, 2011

For the sins of the sons

For the sins of the sons

I don't have a problem with a just punishment being meted out to a criminal for his crime.

I do have a problem with Wandsworth Council knee-jerking to David Cameron's knee-jerking response to the riots. Especially when the Council is seeking to evict innocent council tenants for the crimes of the guilty. In one case, the accused has not yet been found guilty in a court of law and already the Council is seeking to evict the accused's innocent mother and innocent 8 year old sister from their council flat.

In my view, evicting the innocent for the acts of the guilty is a disproportionate response.

It is a bit rich that the Eton and Oxford educated multi-millionaire David Cameron is only calling for council tenants to be evicted and not those who own their own homes. It is not that long ago that David Cameron and his Bullingdon Club thugs used to cause criminal damage to restaurants in Oxford. They were rich enough to evade prosecution. Their parents paid for their offsprings crimes. This amounted to a bribe to evade due process of law. It is one thing for rich parents to pay in this instance, and quite another for poor parents in council homes to have to pay for the sins of the sons.


Julie said...

Theres a saying something like, "Dont like the sins of children be forced upon their parents",, also where are the evicicted families to go? In rented accomadation 3x the rent of council property which the government will pay, or a hostel, Bed and Breakfast, etc government still pays wherever they go, dont they..

Darby said...

Exactly John.

What equivalent punishment can be imposed on home-owners or indeed those that rent privately?

Answer: There isn't one.

Tim said...

If they are being punished once by the courts (and often excessively,) why are they being punished again through eviction?

It's nasty, unfair and excessive. It will cost a fortune in the long run.

Sophie J said...

International law prohibits collective punishment, i.e. the punishment of persons for acts committed by others (article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 50 of the Hague Regulations).

Evictions also breach the principle of double jeopardy-ie the same act should not be punished twice.