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article imageOp-Ed: Real crime and thought crime in the UK

By Alexander Baron     Feb 29, 2012 in Crime
A burglar is gaoled for the murder of an octogenarian householder; black footballers are both playing the victim and in the firing line, and dogs are attacking dogs.
As reported here earlier this month, burglar and lowlife Cory Youlden pleaded guilty to the murder of an 83 year old pensioner who was strangled in his own home. Youlden has now been given the mandatory life sentence with a tariff of 22 years.
Since the hysteria over the John Terry racial epithet affair, which has yet to come to court, there has been no let up. A Sunderland football fan has been dragged into court under the Malicious Communications Act for sending racist tweets to a Newcastle player.
Peter Copeland was given a four month suspended gaol sentence and ordered to complete 150 hours of community service over what he described as banter that appears to have got out of hand. Hopefully he has now learned his lesson - banter of any kind is not permitted in politically correct Britain.
It remains to be seen if homophobia is as serious a crime as racism, but three soccer players - one Italian and two black - have also been charged with making abusing comments on Twitter. Thankfully though, the charges have been brought by the Football Association rather than the police, sixty of whom are said to be keeping watch on Abū Qatāda, who it appears is free to rant against homosexuals and other infidels to his heart's content as long as he doesn't do so over the Internet, over the phone or in a mosque.
While it is totally inappropriate for the criminal justice system to stoop to investigating and prosecuting the cyber equivalent of pub banter, it is perfectly proper for the appropriate professional body to ensure that Britain's overpaid soccer players are held to higher standards than the rest of us, both on and off the pitch, so if Federico Macheda and/or Nile Ranger and/or Manny Smith are found to have brought the game into disrepute, they can be hit where it hurts, in their fat wallets.
Finally, dogs are back in the news again for all the wrong reasons. Recent reports here include an attack on a young girl in Epping Forest, and an elderly man who died shortly after being attacked. Today, a British tabloid reported on some canine victims of potentially lethal attacks.
If there is one type of dog for which there is always a place in human society, it is the guide dog. These animals are bred for temperament, and they do vital work for their owners, but what happens when one is attacked and savaged as happened to Kirsten Barrett's other half, Norman?
There have been so many of these attacks of late that having compiled a dossier on the problem, Guide Dogs For The Blind is calling for action to be taken. It remains to be seen what if anything will be done, but clearly the police and other authorities need to put a stop to the importation, the breeding and indeed the ownership of pit bulls and similar animals that have no place near children, the elderly, or indeed other dogs. If these creatures are permitted to exist at all, they should be confined to zoos along with their nearest relative, the wolf.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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