With it being Christmas we are of course being treated the annual hand wringing about domestic violence in the form of TV adverts and concerned celebrities. Unlike dogs battered women are just for Christmas -anything rather than fund the organisations that provide refuge and advice to women fleeing brutes.
Adding insult to injury some buffoon has suggested that rather than jail folk for domestic violence we could offer them regular alcohol testing. Mercifully it was only a Lib Dem and not someone from one of the governing parties.
Lord knows I do my best to keep my hang 'em, flog 'em lynch mob instincts under control but proposals like this are a red rag to the Clairwil bull. Quite why an inability to control one's alcohol intake should be a get out of jail free card is not made clear. Since when did domestic fascists become the victims. The only way to make these creatures see reason is years of repeated anal rape in the Barlinnie showers. That said I am a fair minded sort I'd allow them to take a cushion to their prison AA meetings. Hell since it's Christmas I'd even throw in regular drug and alcohol tests for the duration of their sentence with loss of remission and the like for any positive result.
The argument in support of this nonsensical proposal is that 'over the festive period there is often a rise in cases of alcohol related domestic abuse'. Was Robert Brown educated? Is he drunk? What is his problem? Does he really believe that the frequency with which a crime is committed at a particular time of year should result in the perpetrator escaping any real consequences. Why doesn't he go the whole hog and propose granting the population immunity from prosecution for the festive period?
The benefit of putting the state for all it's flaws in charge of justice is that for the most part avoids vigilantism. If the Lib Dems really believe that by basing a state justice system round what is convenient in the holidays rather than what is right then one has to commend the repeated failure of the British people to put them in charge of anything bigger than a council.
I am tempted to organise a mass drinking binge swiftly followed by a mass beating of Lib Dem 'justice' spokesman Robert Brown. Keeping prison numbers down might well be the politicians priority but that's no reason for the rest of us to be stuck with unpunished violent criminals in our communities. If they really feel that strongly that violent men are victims in need of help and understanding rather than locking up then might I suggest they open their spare room to a few for the duration of their treatment orders. After all if being terrorised by violent drunks is good enough for our women and children surely they won't mind their own female relatives living in fear for a while.