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Sarah’s Law: widening suspicion

Comment 2nd August 2010

Under the last government society became more atomized through a lack of trust between the state, and authorities, and ordinary people.  People no longer get involved in sorting out problems either because of fear or because it is easier to let the system do it.

This is a result of the criminlisation of everyday nuisance, such as dog fouling or fare dodging or even just simply noisy neighbours.  Things that people sorted out between themselves.  It is this sort of interaction that defined communities.  Instead what we have a isolated and apathetic individuals who, through no fault of their own, see no point in getting involved, either in social or political engagement.

Democratic Society is being whittled away and becoming replaced by a paternalistic dictatorship.  Laws, such as Sarah’s law only reinforce that enstrangement

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The news that Sarah’s law is to become widespread, suggests that instead of distancing themselves from the assault of civil liberties from the last, New Labour, government, this government seems to want to extend the assault.

Whilst hiatus on CRB checks suggested that there might be something wrong with the idea of people having to prove their innocence to an employer,  and that CRB checks suggest that the state has no trust in it citizens, Sarah’s law goes one step further in widening suspicion and lack of trust between people.

One of the factors of a democratic approach to criminal justice is the recognition that the individual has the ability to reform.  And so the idea, once common, even amongst criminals, that “you commit the crime, so do the time’, is no longer relevant today and so the message that this government is sending out to us is the same misanthropic message that the previous government bludgeoned us into accepting.

It is pointless going through rules and regulations that the last government pushed through in order to force the electorate to comply with their thinking, if  we are going to be pushed into a more degraded society.

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Under the last government society became more atomized through a lack of trust between the state, and authorities, and ordinary people.  People no longer get involved in sorting out problems either because of fear or because it is easier to let the system do it.

This is a result of the criminlisation of everyday nuisance, such as dog fouling or fare dodging or even just simply noisy neighbours.  Things that people sorted out between themselves.  It is this sort of interaction that defined communities.  Instead what we have a isolated and apathetic individuals who, through no fault of their own, see no point in getting involved, either in social or political engagement.

Democratic Society is being whittled away and becoming replaced by a paternalistic dictatorship.  Laws, such as Sarah’s law only reinforce that enstrangement


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