Monday, 1 February 2010

Useless soundbites

Here is one of those soundbites that makes me want to argue with the television. With regards to those people who are in their own home and are burgled, "The moment a burglar steps over your threshold, and invades your property, with all the threat that gives to you, your family and your livelihood, I think they leave their human rights outside". It is quite obviously nonsense but many people will be fooled into thinking that this is talking tough against crime. There was a burglar recently who managed to escape but was beaten up by the homeowner some distance down the street. I hear some readers cheering at this point. Would the cheers still be ringing if it was Charles Bronson and he took out a gun? Alright, now he shoots the burglar dead. Still cheering? Then someone sees the gunman and tries to intervene and gets shot too. Any cheers left?

There are people who wander. There is one on every street. There are people who are invited in but nobody would ever hear about the invitation if they are dead. However if you lose your human rights then what does it matter if you are killed? What about the burglar who is trying to raise money for legal drugs that are not provided by the NHS? What about the burglar who is desperate for any reason? Does he or she deserve to die? Do you have any relatives who are disorientated? Perhaps they will end up beaten to death.

If none of these examples resonate with you then make your own up. Courts can decide who is guilty. We don't need politicians telling us that we are free to do whatever we like even in specific circumstances. if "human rights" can be left at the doorstep then they aren't rights at all, just privileges which the government extends to you and which they can take away again on a whim, whenever they see fit and for any reason or non-reason, and not just because somebody is apparently trespassing. If that is how David Cameron sees human rights then under his government you would have no human rights. The next time you hear a soundbite which doesn't make much practical sense then take a look to see where it comes from.

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