The Right Honourable the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the outspoken, Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales, has today come out with the usual clap-trap that you would usually expect of doddery old Judges. Claiming that life imprisonment shouldn’t mean life, because “prisons would become full of geriatric lifers”.
To bloody right, it should be that murderers incarcerated for life, still imprisoned when they are old and grey. Apparently last year he compared the 30-year jail terms meted out to murderers now to the “utterly barbaric” practices used to punish criminals in the 18th century. And that he was against mandatory prison sentenses. I agree with him that there should be no need for mandatory sentencing, IF the doddery old twats in wigs that sit in court would give out suitable sentences without it being mandatory.
But seeing as most of the judiciary in this country are geriatric old farts, mandatory sentences must stay, and indeed more offences should carry mandatory prison time.
What I do want to know is what happened to the “3 strikes and you’re out” and that was designed to stop recidivistic criminal types from persistent re-offending, Oh yeah I remember, Labour don’t want to send anyone to prison, ever, for anything.
Victim of Crime Trust director Norman Brennan summed it up nicely when he said “Lord Phillips has taken leave of his senses.” OK I have taken the quote slightly out of context, in the same way that many Journalists would, he actually said: “Lord Phillips has taken leave of his senses if he believes that releasing murderers early will help alleviate the prison population.”