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Monday, August 14, 2006


Crime and Punishment

George O'Dowd (aka Boy George) has started his community service in New York. This high visibility sentence has a lot to commend itself- don't we all know any number of anti social little bas***ds who could benefit from some very public punishment? Instead, in Northern Ireland the "name and shame" element of ASBOs has been omitted due to the potential threat posed to those subject to the Orders. Yet the government tells us society is normalising to a point where it feels jurors face no terrorist threat. So let's have some consistency to justice normalisation and publicise the details of those subject to ASBOs in exactly the same way as elsewhere in the UK.

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