"Truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter. A loss of courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days..." Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Commencement address at Harvard University , June 8, 1978

Monday, 29 November 2010


I am sure you will remember the constant hollow rhetoric spilled to us by the Labour Government about how they were “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime!” But this has been proved to be nothing but lip service from the LIEbour camp; under the LIEour government, we saw a frightening rise in violence on Britain’s streets, including a worrying 40 per cent increase in knife killings.

That’s the legacy that Labour left behind, and that is one of the reasons why the people turned their backs on Labour and voted Conservative at the last election, in hope they will be the tougher option.

Statistics which are available show that, so far this year an average of four people a week are being stabbed on Britain’s streets- a statistic which can not be ignored and is completely unacceptable in a so-called civil society.

The latest of these killings occurred yesterday. A popular and hard working shopkeeper was fatally stabbed in the convenience store. His life, to the perpetrators, was worth taking away for a few cartoons of cigarettes, some liquor and a small amount of cash that was in the till… What does that say about our society When so little worth is placed on another human beings life?

In the family flat above the store, his poor daughter watched this vile, pointless killing on CCTV, traumatising the poor girl for life…

Now, if you think back to before the election, the Tories were riding on their high horse, exclaiming to be the only party who would tackle the problem with violent crime head on, they explicitly explained in their manifesto that anyone convicted of a knife crime could expect a prison sentence… What a load of hog wash that has turned out to be!!! Once they got elected, all their eagerness to tackle violent crime seemed to disappear.(I am in no doubt, when its election time again, they will regain this eagerness!!)

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke- who is already under fire for his half-baked scheme of scraping short-term sentences for a wide range of serious crimes- has now come out saying that jailing knife criminals, except in the most extreme cases, “would not be likely to be a more effective deterrent” than community punishments.

I would like to know what world he is living on.. Study after study has proven community penalties to be inconsistent at its best, and a bad joke at worst. The most recent research which was published by the Policy Exchange think tank last week, concluded that half of these so called effected means of punishment were uncompleted, their purpose was confused, the “work” was often insanely easy, and 40 per cent of those placed on these useless schemes, went on to re-offend.

I am not going to sit here and tell you that a prison sentence will turn a violent criminal into a model citizen, but at least it takes those who put the public at risk off the streets, and offers a glimmer of hope that they re-evaluate their lives and reflect on their deeds.. And also gives society a rest from their violent actions.

You would not be wrong for thinking that this isn’t the first u-turn that the conservatives have made in the short period of them being in a position of power and entering an unstable coalition. They have also failed to abolish the insane Human Rights Act, which is stopping us from deporting foreign criminals once they have finished serving their sentence. Both this u-turn and the u-turn on knife and other violent crime is to appease the ultra- left Liberal Democrats who prefer to see criminals as mere victims of an unfair society, rather than a danger…

Successive governments have promised to crack down on crime, but time and time again, fail to do so… There is only one party left in the UK who has the nerve and the determination to tackle crime, especially violent crime, with a no-nonsense policy. The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens. In this respect successive Labour and Conservative governments would have to be adjudged as failures. Where the law is broken the National Front believes that there must be a larger element of punishment within the sentencing system. In the case of perpetrators of some violent crimes we would introduce birching in addition to other sentences. For crimes of extreme violence such as aggravated rape, murder and terrorist offences, the NF would introduce the death penalty.

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