Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Judge Dredd the hero

According to "warning over driving fines plan”, plans to allow police to issue on-the-spot fines for careless driving would undermine justice. John Thornhill, chairman of the Magistrates' Association, said “ruling driving careless was subjective. Police would be acting as jury and sentencer if they were allowed to impose the fines”. I have seen this before. It was said by the comic character Judge Dredd. I can just imagine the police, with terrifying shiny black uniforms and helmets shouting in their best Sly Stallone accents, "I am the law!"

Why do our politicians seem to think that anything they've seen that comes from America must be good, and must be copied? In this case it isn't even real life, it's only a film. I know that the film was based on a British comic strip, but I think the comic strip was firmly tongue in cheek. It wasn't really saying that the best way forward was to take the police and make them judge and jury rolled into one. Trust the Americans to miss all the irony, and make Dredd the hero. And trust our government to take a system which belongs only in fiction, and to make it real.

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