Peter Hitchens, knocking it out of the ballpark on Duggan:
Roughly 50 years ago, beguiled by smiley reformers, we chose the wrong future. We adopted ideas which were mistaken and have proved to be disastrous.
We called them ‘compassion’. But who were we really being compassionate to? Not, as it turns out, to the poor we claimed to be helping. They suffer most from the compassion of our criminal justice system – which in 2012 was so compassionate it refused to imprison 28,997 offenders who had committed at least 25 crimes.
Are they likely to listen?
Reader, they are not:
The coroner in the controversial Mark Duggan inquest has said he will ask the dead man’s family to help shape recommendations on police firearms procedure.
Senior circuit judge Keith Cutler told The Mail on Sunday he will take ‘the unusual, perhaps unique step’ of inviting submissions from the Duggan family.
You couldn’t make it up, could you? The family that abused his court staff and jurors, who tried to kick down his door, who stood on the steps of his court to denounced the justice system he’s administered, are not punished – are not even criticised – but instead are rewarded.
And why? So yet one more of Hitchens’ smiley reformers can massage his own ego and flaunt his false compassion in public:
Judge Cutler pointedly declined to respond to the criticism yesterday, but defended his decision to hold a 20-second silence for Duggan when the inquest began last September.
‘It was my idea. I know it was controversial, and I know the police were bristling about it and sections of the media were very critical, but I believe that Mark Duggan’s death led to a great deal of unrest.
I thought that a few moments’ reflection at the start of the inquest might be quite healing.’
And was it? Clearly not!
‘I used the words “regrettable death” at the time and there is no doubt that’s what it was. The police have said right from the start that his death was regrettable.’
This fool doesn’t even think about what he’s saying, but just blurts out liberal pabulum until he ends up contradicting himself:
‘It’s interesting to see that now the inquest is over the police have taken up my phrase and are using the words “regrettable death” as they try to reach out to Mark’s family. That can only be a good thing.’
Make up your mind! If they were always using it, clearly you’ve not shown them the way, have you?
He added that he is about to begin formulating a series of recommendations on firearms procedure for the Home Secretary, following issues raised by the inquest.
‘In that sense the inquest is not quite complete,’ he said. ‘I will go quiet for a while but around the middle of February I will be announcing what recommendations I have made to the Secretary of State.
‘Normally I would hide away and come to my own conclusions about these recommendations but this has been a highly charged and high- profile case. I have wanted to have transparency for all the parties and the public.’
Is it me, or is he actually relishing the limelight?