Saturday, 8 August 2009

Some criminals are heroes

Ronnie Biggs has been released from prison yesterday. He has pneumonia and is unlikely to recover so in practical terms it has made no difference. Theoretically it shows that the government can show compassion and that for the family Ronnie has served his sentence. This isn't practical compassion because it makes no difference to him in his hospital bed.

I can't help thinking that it would have been so useful if Ronnie had shown remorse. I felt that he treated the police disgracefully. I wasn't very keen on the initial theft and the associated violence. Some people may even have considered him a hero for his actions. He was bold in his actions and even bolder when he thwarted the police. I don't believe a word of it. For bold read shameless. His criminal activities were wrong and hurt all law-abiding citizens. If he apologises it would lower the esteem of criminals. We don't want heroes from a life of crime but we do want to improve the respect for the police.

Could someone have a word with him for an apology?

Change the world.

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