I’ve been saying for some considerable time that Cameron is not entirely sane, mainly on the subject of his hatred of chronically sick and disabled people, but this takes lunacy to an entirely new level:-
“Owners of private prisons who fail to stop prisoners re-offending will be fined, under new plans to be announced by David Cameron.” (Source: Telegraph.)
That’s on a par with the plans to punish parents of rioters floated last year. It was crackers then (and immoral), and it’s crackers now.
I’ve absolutely no objection to a crimp being put in the profits of private prisons, but you simply cannot punish an organisation – or a person – for the activities of someone over whom they have no control. It beggars belief.
I mean, doesn’t this fruitcake have any advisers to whisper in his ear that he’s slipped a cog, before he publicly makes a total arse of himself? Mind you, that takes no great effort on his part.
This man – the leader of what is still a moderately powerful country (but not by the time he’s slashed the military) – is, god help us all, completely out of touch with reality. What happens when he decides to punish another country for the actions of some of its less law-abiding citizens? Is this maniac going to drag us into a war? He bloody could on this basis.
And what, exactly, is going to be the scope of this proxy responsibility? Are you going to be answerable for the actions of your children for the rest of your, or their, lives? Why not? It makes as much – or as little – sense.
Will he punish car companies when their products are used in the commission of a crime? He could, at this rate.
The ramifications of this scheme are positively Kafkaesque. And terrifying.
Once prisoners have been released after discharging their debt to society, the responsibility of the prison service ends at the gate. That’s how it has to be, simply because there are some people who will always re-offend. There’s even a word for them – recidivist.
To try to make anybody but the individual responsible for any future crimes they might commit is utterly unethical.
This man is utterly unfit to hold office if he seriously thinks this idea has even the slightest merit.