Saturday, January 27, 2007

Safe with no helmet

Just when it seems the UK is recovering some common sense, this happens.

It seems that the police are not allowed to chase a motorcycle thief who isn't wearing a helmet. If there's an accident and the thief falls off, he can sue the police.

It's illegal to ride without a helmet in this country, but the police can't chase you if you're not wearing one. Even if the bike you're on is stolen. How did we get to this sorry state of affairs? Oh yes, it's called 'political correctness' and 'human rights lawyers', a combination born in Hell.

Criminals think this is great, but they are missing an important implication. If they break into someone's home and the homeowner defends themselves, that homeowner is in less trouble if he finishes the criminal than if he calls the police and has him arrested. After all, nobody knows the criminal is there, so nobody will stand up and say 'I knew where he was - he was burgling this particular house the night he vanished'.

Unless the politically correct are silenced, and soon, our woodland is going to be full of shallow graves.

Might not be too bad a thing, since our jails are so full there's now a waiting list for sentencing.

2 comments:

Southern Writer said...

The "civilized" world has gone crazy, and it's getting worse every day.

I can't remember; have we talked about the marijuana tax? I can't recall whose blog I saw that on, but I thought it totally absurd that the government actually expects people who are dealing drugs illegally to buy tax stamps for the stuff. It's one of those things that make me go "Huh?"

Romulus Crowe said...

It sounded so bizarre I had to look it up.

You're right - here's one reference to it:

http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6670

So, if you pay the tax, the authorities know you are in possession of marijuana. if you don't pay it, they can do you for both possession and tax evasion.

It does sound stupid though. What happened to 'No taxation without representation' - surely that means you can't reasonably expect people to pay tax on something they've been banned from having? Where's the 'representation' for the potheads? Actually, I'd like to see that. A dope-addled politician might accidentally say something worthwhile.

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