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Monday, February 25, 2013

Left eye update

Left eye update

I went to the eye hospital this morning.

There is a swelling which is causing some discomfort. The doctor doubled the dose of Tobradex.

Also there is some membrane behind the silicone lens which needs laser surgery to remove to allow me to see better.

It's so bad now I cannot see well enough to take Willy for his evening walk.

The doctor would not register me as partially sighted for DLA because she said the blindness is only temporary.

In prison once temporary (2 weeks) lasted 12 years...


CherryPie said...

Hopefully it will be sorted out soon!

Virgil said...

Hope you sort it all out, JHL.

Long-time lurker/reader here, I'm wondering if you can explain something to me I've long been very curious about.

What exactly IS a life license?

And how many nations have such things as life licenses?

Whenver I try to do a websearch about it I always come back to UK law. Are there such measures, or similar measures, in other countries or is it a UK-only thing?

It all sounds very draconian. Obviously you don't want a public menace to be out and about, but then, if someone is that dangerous they probably shouldn't have been paroled in the first place.

Either free a prisoner under the presumption that they don't pose a significant risk - and give them their full freedom and human dignity - or don't parole them at all.

jailhouselawyer said...

As I understand it the life licence goes back to the days of abolishing the death penalty. It was introduced to placate the hang 'em and flog 'em brigade. It is draconian because the life licence only expires with death. Some lifers in the community have more restricted life licence conditions than others. Lifers are susceptible to recall to prison at any time at the whim of a probation officer.

I am not aware of any other country which has such a system. In my view, it is contrary to EU law.

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