Others have commented on the recall to prison of the evil little shit Jon Venables. I am disgusted that he was let out at all. Peter Sutcliffe, now a fat pensioner with diabetes, is still in. The Krays weren't released even though they were convicted of one murder each and their victims weren't exactly innocent. Brady and Hindley weren't released and I am not for a second suggesting they should have been.
Gary Glitter served time for child abuse and despite having served that time, he is still hounded.
So why is it just fine and dandy to let perfectly healthy young psychotic killers out, and to charge us for giving them new identities?
That said, I agree that the reason for his recall should not be made public. If it were, every jury faced with a case similar to whatever he is now accused of will be thinking 'Is it him?' If they think it is, there is no chance of a fair trial for whoever is in the dock whether it's Venables or not.
Strawman Jack really should point that out. Instead, we hear speculation and possibly planted distractions. Boozing. Drugs. A fight at work. An unspecified sex crime. Don't be in the dock for any of those things if you're in his age range. The jury will not be unbiased.
Now it turns out he was discovered because he has been telling people who he is.
The 27-year-old's mental state had become so fragile that he would regularly reveal his identity to strangers – something that had put him at risk of attack.
So he's young, fit and healthy, dangerous and also nuts. Not a viable combination in society as a whole. Note that the Guardian is concerned that HE is at risk of attack. Modern Britain. Kafka would be so proud to see his absurdist imaginings brought to life.
"It's an extremely difficult position for the authorities to be in," said Harry Fletcher, assistant secretary general of the probation union, Napo. "If they go ahead with court proceedings, this could undermine his anonymity but the fact he is self-disclosing his identity means giving him another new identity becomes almost inevitable. This situation is fraught with difficulties."
Personally, I would replace the word 'inevitable' with 'pointless' in that statement. He is nuts and getting worse. As for undermining his anonymity, scrap his anonymity and leave him in jail. So he has to spend all his time in solitary. It won't be the first time a psychotic child killer has had to do that.
What really gets to me here is how it's all about Venables. How the machinery of the State leaps into action to protect him. It didn't bother itself too much about baby P. It hasn't concerned itself with pensioners and with disabled people terrorised and murdered or driven to suicide by its feral thugs.
It does however make a sick kind of sense. Venables is exactly what the State is trying to create in modern youth. He has committed a crime so terrible that he has to hide forever and he is entirely reliant on the State to keep him hidden. They don't want him in prison.
He's their model citizen.