Wednesday, March 01, 2006

US Lessons For Brit Democracy

Here are four suggestions for hard-pressed Brits from their ex-compatriots who drafted the US Constitution (my ellipsis and emphasis).

1. Elect Your Police Chiefs

Brit police chiefs are appointed by pols, leading to this:


A London magazine withdrew the cartoons from its website after the British police informed the editor they could not protect him, his staff, or his offices from attack. This happened only days before the police provided 500 officers to protect a “peaceful” Muslim protest in Trafalgar Square.

It seems the British police — who regularly provide protection for mosques (as they did after the 7/7 bombs) — were unable to send even one policeman to protect an organ of free speech. At the notorious London protests, Islamists were allowed to incite murder and bloodshed on the streets, but a passer-by objecting to these displays was threatened with detention for making trouble.

2. Have Your Elected Cops Run The Jails

Brit cops can't stop felons being released early, but have to deal with the consequences. So Brits should follow the example of many states and have the elected cops run the jails.

That would have stopped
these two paroled felons murdering a man and almost killing his wife in front of their kid:
(The lead killer) had been in prison for attempted murder and was released (after 6 years of) a 12-year jail term. All prisoners are eligible for release half way through their sentence and are automatically let out at two thirds...

(The lead killer) applied for parole at the earliest moment but was turned down in July 2003. At that time, a prisoner seeking release would be interviewed before a decision was made.

But in 2004, funding for panel interviews was withdrawn and now 90 per cent of decisions are taken on the basis of paper reports. When (the lead killer) applied for a second time the board based its decision on judgments supplied by prison officials, who recommended his release.

A probation assessment that suggested he was 91 per cent likely to pose a serious threat was not submitted to the board, which often takes decisions without a full report.
The incompetent parole board, prison officials & probation officers did this because they don't risk losing their jobs.

3. Elect Your Judges

Brits don't like their judges, with good reason - the most self-disciplined of them make Justice Souter seem conservative. Here's one who exonerated an expert witness who overestimated the probability of a crime by a factor of 1 million, causing the ruin of many innocents:
Mr Justice Collins ruled that the General Medical Council's punishment against Sir Roy, 72, for giving erroneous evidence at the trial of Sally Clark was "unduly harsh".
Plus, making the likes of Collins run for election would teach them elementary statistics!

4. And Stop Electing Incompetents!

The US mostly elects its presidents from the men and women who've run states, and so established a track record. Brits don't have states, so tend to elect lawyers or lifetime pols who don't have a clue how to manage (Maggie Thatcher was a stroke of luck). So socialist incompetents like Blair try to micromanage on a scale that makes
Jimmy Carter seem conservative. For example:

Employers - including parents - will face fines of up to £5,000 and the threat of a five-year jail term if they hire an adult who has not been properly vetted to work with children under a new crackdown on sex offenders.

The prospect of a jail term will also be extended to those running internet chatrooms under the new Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill.

Other measures include the creation of a new central vetting system, bringing several existing lists of barred people together in one place for the first time, and a requirement for all schools and supply teacher agencies to perform criminal records checks on all new teachers.

Good luck policing the world's chat rooms and positively vetting every au pair! This incidentally is the vetting system that registers people as sex offenders on the say-so of those unelected cops.

Brits don't have governorships as training grounds, so they just have to get smarter at assessing the competence of their pols - it's not hard!