For the love of Christ... If at first you fuck it up, have another go. And another. Repeat for the duration of your 9 years in office and claim you're successfully implementing policies.
Mr Reid said he wanted [...] to "move away from the traditional view that justice has to involve going to court [...]. The problem we face is what I call the justice shortfall. That is, the difference - sometimes big - between what you and I think is justice, and what a lawyer or legal academic might think it is. My kind of justice is swift, effective and matches the crime," said the home secretary."
The problem is, Reid appears to have no conception at all of the notion that those accused of crime, or wrongdoing in general, might be innocent, or even that there might, just possibly, be another side to the story. Accused=Guilty=Deserving of Punishment. Look at what a brilliant success ASBOs are. (Incidentally, I've seen more than one neighbour dispute where people have gone off and obtained ASBOs on no real grounds at all, simply for the asking, as a weapon in the usual war of attrition. Somehow, getting rid of them is more difficult, however ludicrous they may be.) As for lawyers, particularly criminal litigators, well, what the hell do they know. They all sit in ivory towers all day, not as though they go to a court and hear the nuts and bolts of criminal cases, the nasty little realities and allegations that all this is based on, the evidence about what was done by whom, day in day out.... um. (I actually do sit in
an ivory tower a small basement office most of my days, but then I don't practice criminal law, preferring to be paid more than a pittance, that, by the standards of most people educated to degree level, being what junior criminal practitioners receive, contrary to popular belief). For the same reason he's returning to the idea of capping compensation for those wrongly accused: apparently "it is unfair that they in some cases get paid more than people who are victims of crime". But what do the wrongs of the two groups have to do with one another? It's a complete non-sequitur. Unless, of course, they were guilty all along and only got off "on a technicality". Ah those pesky technicalities. You'd think, if there wasn't a good substantive reason for them they wouldn't be there.
Ah fuck off you fascist thug.
EConvHR: Article 6 – Right to a fair trial
1 In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge against him, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Judgment shall be pronounced publicly but the press and public may be excluded from all or part of the trial in the interests of morals, public order or national security in a democratic society, where the interests of juveniles or the protection of the private life of the parties so require, or to the extent strictly necessary in the opinion of the court in special circumstances where publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.
2 Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
3 Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights:
a to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;
b to have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence; (etc.)
(Those like Mr Cameron who prefer this stuff to be British (whatever that means) can go read a little bit about the history of civil liberties and the conceptual foundations of the ECHR -quite heavily influenced by Anglo-American concepts, in sharp contrast to the EU treaties-, before saying anything stupid themselves.)