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article imageOp-Ed: ‘Crimewatch’, Clegg, and common sense

By Alexander Baron     Aug 16, 2011 in Crime
Thursday night, BBC1 is screening a 'Crimewatch' Special; tune in to see if you can spot someone who took part in the recent riots.
Crimewatch is a long running occasional British television programme, the equivalent of America’s Most Wanted. On Thursday night at the earlier time of 8pm, there is a special edition dedicated to the riots, where people like this happy lady will be given special attention. (Happy for now, that is).
A woman looter  photograph released by the Metropolitan Police  August 13  2011.
A woman looter, photograph released by the Metropolitan Police, August 13, 2011.
Metropolitan Police
After Call Me Dave’s knee jerk reaction and just plain dumb proposals to deal with the offenders, the junior half of the Coalition (in name only) has said something intelligent; unusually for a politician, this is something Nick Clegg does quite often. Instead of cutting off the benefits of rioters and looters after their short, sharp shocks – those who aren’t fashion models or millionaires’ daughters - they are to be met at the prison gates, presumably with brooms and other implements, and set to work cleaning up the mess.
This is an admirable suggestion; he might also consider reactivating his Your Freedom website. Alas, not everyone who took part in the riots will be leaving gaol this year, or even this decade. Three people have now been charged with the Birmingham triple murder; a youth has been charged with a murder in Ealing, West London, and other serious charges, including for the Croydon furniture shop arson, have either been brought or quite likely will be if Crimewatch viewers live up to their reputation.
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