Blair to punish the innocent
TONY BLAIR is to mount a final assault on
After attempting to tackle antisocial behaviour, he is proposing to introduce a “violent offender order” (Voo) targeted at those whom police believe are likely to commit violence.
These new “super-Asbos” will be aimed not only at people who have a history of violent behaviour or who have just left prison but also those who may not yet have committed an offence.
According to a Home Office document outlining the plan, to be published next month, the measures will ban potential trouble-makers from certain areas or mixing with certain people, alert police when they move house and possibly force them to live in a named hostel, give details of vehicles they own and impose a curfew on them.
The orders will last for at least two years, with no upper limit. Any breach could lead to up to five years in jail. Ministers believe police will apply for 300 to 450 Voos each year.
The paper identifies a series of “risk factors” that could lead to a person being targeted for the new order. These include a person’s formative years and upbringing, “cognitive deficiencies”, “entrenched pro-criminal or antisocial attitudes,” “a history of substance abuse or mental health issues”.
Factors could also include a person’s domestic situation or relationship with their partner or family, as well as more obvious signs such as “possession of paraphernalia related to violent offending (eg, balaclava, baseball bat), or extremist material”.
I agree with giving this super ASBO to those who have actually been in prison but what right do they have to punish people that have never even committed a crime? I don’t care if the police suspect that they may by violent in the future the police or anyone else have no right locking people up who have done nothing wrong.
What will this extremist material be that may get you locked up? Could it be the VOF newspaper? Could it be BNP leaflets? I don’t see why having extremist material should make you a criminal.
If Blair wants crime to decrease he should give tougher punishments to those who actually commit crime instead of innocent people.