Watched the news, saw Taito Philip Field got 6 years for behaving like a Third Worlder, and thought "The poor sod should have committed a violent crime, they'd have given him a suspended sentence or home detention instead." Well, yes, I am a sarcy git. Then we got to the fact that the sentence comes to 6 years because there are two cumulative sentences. Apparently, dodgy immigration scams in which MPs get some free tiling done are "...intolerable in our society and threaten the institution at the foundation of democracy and justice." Sometimes, you just wish you could give judges a big slap round the chops.
Why so grumpy? Well, consider this post I wrote back in March, in which some human waste got concurrent sentences for murder and an earlier attempted murder, thereby letting him off for the attempted murder and making it clear to the victim of that attempted murder exactly what the judge in that case thought she was worth: nothing. The message from Field's sentencing seems to be that although bribery/corrruption and attempting to pervert the course of justice are intolerable, attempted murder is no biggie.
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