Monday, 12 December 2011

No Nagging.

Freed from the control of her faithful hound Alistair, the evil Crystal Tipps is now playing her deranged pranks in the real world. The world was a much nicer place when she had her own show on TV and was too busy tormenting her dog to bother with the rest of us. Now she wants to tell us what we can eat, how much, and when. I'm going to need a bigger garden if I have to grow my own bacon.

So does this mean we can all have a go at ordering people around? Certainly not. Such things are not for we plebs. Only the High Ones can give orders. We are to be further oppressed instead.

The Lib Dems, the smaller and even less intelligent half of our Siamese-twin government, have decided to criminalise raising your voice. So the next time Hubby comes rolling home plastered at 2 am, scold quietly or he'll call the rozzers.

Really? Nah. Women can still shout at men. These new rules are clearly set out to keep the menfolk under control.

The proposals could, however, raise concerns that the law is being widened to criminalise non-violent behaviour unfairly.

Oh really? It might be used to criminalise non-criminals while letting the real ones off scot-free? You mean, as with every other idiotic pronouncement that has dribbled like watery diarrhoea from the cesspool of government for around two decades now? Could it happen again, as it has every time before?

Earlier this year three police forces began trialling Domestic Violence Prevention Orders, which allow the courts to prevent suspected abusers returning home to their wives or girlfriends for 28 days.

Did you spot the key word there? 'Suspected'. Not 'convicted', not even 'charged with'. Suspicion is enough to boot you out of your marital homes for a month. If you are accused then you must be guilty. The Spanish Inquisition would be delighted to see their core principles so thoroughly upheld.

Separately, ministers are considering a new law allowing women to find out if their boyfriend has a history of violence.
It would allow the police to tell women who ask whether their prospective partner is a danger to them or their children. 

If some woman felt the need to ask the police if I was safe to be around, that would be the end of that relationship. The police would tell her I have no record of any kind but I would never speak to her again, nor even acknowledge her existence. Relationships are based on trust and if she wants to CRB-check me then she evidently does not trust me. It's the same reason I will never be a teacher, never give a talk to schools, never volunteer to help out in any activity involving children. Since all those things start with the premise that I cannot be trusted then all I can say is, find someone who doesn't mind being mistrusted.

I note that these ministers are not, apparently, considering allowing the boyfriend to check whether his new squeeze has a history of chopping up boyfriends and feeding them to the cat. He'll have to find out the hard way but his dismembered corpse can rest easy in the knowledge that she'll get a strongly worded telling-off from the judge. Oh, and a fine from the RSPCA.

It would never occur to me to CRB-check anyone I know. This is a horrible world these monsters are creating, in which trust is based not on human interaction and experience but solely on official advice. What about those who were once inadvertently involved in a pub brawl in their youth, or who were arrested for defending themselves, as keeps happening these days? They will wonder why their girlfriends keep disappearing.

There are some good parts, of course, there have to be some good parts there so that anyone pointing out the objectionable parts can be shouted down at once.

They plan to make forced marriage illegal. I thought it already was, but it seems not. So if you raise any objection to any part of this new law, you will be met with a face so smug you could cheerfully ram it through a granite block no matter how many tries it takes, and the words issuing forth will be "So you think forced marriages and wife-beatings are just fine, then?" Object to the silly parts and they defend it by pretending you also object to the sensible parts. Old tricks used by new dogs.

Governments don't have the intelligence to edit their work. All or nothing, take it or leave it. You want the sensible parts, you have to accept the insanely stupid parts too.  Even though everyone knows by now that the sensible parts will not be enforced while the stupid parts will attract the most severe penalties because the sentencing guidelines cover the whole of that law. Not just the serious parts.

Soon, shout at your wife for using your razor to scrape the varnish off your antique table and then mixing it into your coffee, and you will face arrest and imprisonment. Send a strongly-worded text message to your child and you will be on the text offender's register for life. Upset Antie Gladys by pointing out that the jumper she knitted you for Christmas was rejected by the charity shop and you will be sentenced to wear it in public.

We don't need a new law every day. We don't need specific laws for specific instances of violence or kidnap or coercion. We already have general-purpose laws to cover those things.

What we need is a legal system that takes breaches of the real laws seriously. That's what Clegg's Crusaders should be looking into.

Not making up new ways to criminalise everyone except the criminals.

The safest place to be will soon be in prison. It'll be the only place in the country that has no criminals in it.

12 comments:

frumpy dave - the loose-end of europe said...

Upset Antie Gladys by pointing out that the jumper she knitted you for Christmas was rejected by the charity shop and you will be sentenced to wear it in public.

mmm...i thought that one was already on the statute?

you are a most malicious and uncaring man, if i may say so, and you should get five years' hard wear - after all, that's how long i've got to keep this bloody awful woolly cleggover on, it's bright orange and blue, all baggy with peek-a-boo 'designer' holes, doesn't fit, and it came with a matching bobble-hat to keep me warm when i was left outside in the zero-zone. you don't know how lucky you are, and so very ungrateful. it's even started to unravel.

is there any chance auntie gladys could knit me a new one too?

Bill Sticker said...

Surely such an accusation and subsequent Police action would be cast iron evidence that your relationship is on the rocks anyway. Probably sufficient grounds for divorce.

If your wife has come to hate you enough to see you thrown in the clink, then banned from the family home for a month, you can leave her with a clear conscience, taking your income with you.

Oh look. The law of unforeseen consequences just arrived! What a surprise!

Able said...

Sorry Bill Sticker, 'you can leave her with a clear conscience, taking your income with you.' Oh get serious, what this will mean is that she'll get all your property and half your future income, as already happens. Now instead of having to pretend to be the victim of some horrendous violence (amazingly without sustaining any injuries) she can just say you shouted at her.

Yes, I know domestic violence occurs (as a nurse I've looked after the Real victims - not as common as you'd expect) and I feel sorry for them as they will be lumped with these idiots. It already happens, can't get social housing (waiting list of two years), accuse your male partner of violence and get one immediately (women are actively rewarded for acting this way).

As for 'guilt by accusation' it already exists. I speak from experience of the wonderful, unbiased 'family' court. Check the facts on how many men are, in contested contact on separation, accused of being either violent or a pedophile (oh, you can't, it's confidential). Provide evidence it's all malicious lies, the woman doesn't even get a slap on the wrist, and the accusation goes on your Childrens Services file for life. Wonder why so many men walk away from their children and avoid marriage or even long term relationships, I don't anymore.

Welcome to feminist heaven

talwin said...

"....husbands who treat their wives in a controlling way".
Fuckety fuck, clearly the proposers of this latest shite have never met - crossed the path of?! -Mrs Talwin.

I move in a small circle of male chums of a certain age. When we meet, we invariably compare the most recent bollockings, duffing-ups and ear-bashings administered by our gentle spouses. Meeting for a quick pint most often ends up being a counselling/therapy session.

Christ, we can't be the only ones.

Slamlander said...

I'm just waiting for the day that they 'discover' that capsicum can't be healthy. After all, it's used in pepper spray to disable perpetrators and women aren't even allowed to carry that.

They will then ban and tax all products containing capsicum and and forbid the preparation of food with a scoville content exceeding -1. As an unseen consequence, this will shut down all curry houses ;)

This isn't all to flimsy a joke, some twit in Boston, Massachusetts has already forwarded the gist of this idea. That happened about the same time that runny eggs were outlawed in diners, in New England.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Leg-iron

A clear CRB check combined with the precautionary principle just means you haven’t been caught yet.

We’re all guilty until proven innocent, except we’re still guilty of something else.

What a wonderfully safe and cohesive world our beloved government has created for us all.

DP

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Leg-iron

” We don't need a new law every day.“ This is true, we do not, but government does.

Remember that nice Mr Blair who used to have a new anti-terrorist law every year on his birthday, even if he didn’t need one?

If they didn’t make up new laws every day what would those poor darling little MPs do all day? Apart from fiddle their expenses, prostitute their position for cash, urinate on their constituents, do whatever the EU tells them...

And don’t forget the poor bureaucrats and other public servants.

DP

Anonymous said...

Totally off topic, but I heard this morning on Radio 4 that two previously unseen Dr Who episodes from the 60's have been found with (William Hartnell? as the doctor). Its been 9 years since other have cropped up.
That's just to cheer you up LI.

jocelyn jack esien (fluid feminist thought) said...

08:53

personally, i think the new laws are long overdue - men are viscous animals hardwired to have their cake and beat it. all we need now is a minor adjustment in the legislation allowing women access to free kick-boxing lessons on the nhs.

Furor Teutonicus said...

XX Separately, ministers are considering a new law allowing women to find out if their boyfriend has a history of violence.
It would allow the police to tell women who ask whether their prospective partner is a danger to them or their children. XX

And what fucking difference does THAT make?

Or have they not heard the astounding fact that it does not matter HOW many times they call plod to "get this bastard out of my house", the INVARIABLY are "back together again" by Monday, droppinmg all charges and complaints, and in preparation for the same story NEXT weekend, and the one after, and.....

So what changes when the know it is an arsehole before the event?

Single acts of tyranny said...

@ Talwin

"Christ, we can't be the only ones"

You aren't, trust me.

andy said...

So this law will enable men to find out if their new girlfriend has a history of false accusations or domestic violence against their ex-boyfriends or husbands?
No?
No,didnt think so,and people wonder why modern men are refusing to "man up" and get married.
Marriage these days means a man putting his head on the block and trusting his wife not to swing the axe.

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