Saturday, May 23, 2009

What does a woman have to do to get life in this country?

So the murderers in the notorious Baby P case have finally been locked up. It looks on the face of it as though they have been given very harsh sentences; they are officially 'jailed indefinitely'. However the judge has set a 'tariff', or minimum time served before parole can be considered.

The mother of Baby P got 5 years. That's the penalty for torturing a baby to death in this country. No doubt the judge thought she had suffered enough, the poor thing. A bad man made her do it.

Let's remember the facts of the case. This is a woman who systematically obstructed the authorities. On one occasion, just before a social worker was due to visit, she smeared chocolate on the baby's face to cover bruises. The judge described her as manipulative and self-centred. She could be out in just over 2 years. Her partner in crime got 12 years.

There is a widespread feeling that these sentences are pathetically lenient, which they are. No-one is asking why there is such a disparity. Why did she only get 5 years when he got 12? It is political; it is the pussy discount once again.

Philosophers have argued for decades over whether criminals are mad or bad. This is related to deeper questions such as the existence of free-will. Are criminals responsible for their behaviour or not? Traditionally, the political Right emphasises individual responsibility and free will, while the Left emphasises individual rights and social determinism. It is a debate which will continue, probably forever. However, the post-1968 radical feminist movement feels that it has resolved the difficult question of whether criminals are mad or bad: Male criminals are bad. Female ones are mad.

Male criminals must be dealt with harshly; female ones must be treated with sympathy and dignity. They have been through enough already. They should be given some nice therapy, and probably a little cuddle. They certainly should not go to prison.

Making different rules for different people based upon their biology is one of the cardinal pillars of fascism. In any kind of just society, we must have the same standards for all. This attitude towards sentencing, advocated by the Liberal Left, is the direct opposite of liberal; It is deeply illiberal. It is like advocating different sentences for black and white. Can you imagine the furore if someone advocated that? Yet that is exactly what we are seeing time and time again with regard to sex, and this is being passed off as liberal!

I have to admire the shrewdness and audacity of the feminist movement in screaming that women get heavier sentences than men. They must know as well as I do that the opposite is the truth.

The idea that men should suffer heavier punishments than women is a very traditional one, feeding into long-established strands of conservative thought. Here is just one small example. In British schools in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, teachers could administer corporal punishment with a cane. It was official policy to keep two kinds of cane; a big one for boys and a small one for girls. We are seeing this traditional sexist thinking now, and this is one form of inequality which feminists do not want to change.

The sun is organising a petition, and I recommend everyone to sign it. Let’s demand that these sentences be increased. The only fitting outcome to this case is to give all three of them the same; life without parole.

2 comments:

JimmyGiro said...

Here is a link to the actual hand written 'apology' letter from the Mum:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8061883.stm

There are many transcripts of the text in the media, but they miss something. Look at the second paragraph, which in a way is the first and most important subject of a letter of this kind, and you will see it is the over-exoneration of the social services.

Firstly one might ask why she is even bothering to include this as part of her apology; I recall the ex-husband was also quoted exonerating the SS?

Secondly, note the virtual 'font change' of the word "directly". The dotted 'i' is the only dotted letter in the whole hand written text to have the dot to the right of the letter, all other dotted characters have the dot to the left or middle of the character.

Neither of these two points prove anything, but they make me suspect that a member or representative of the SS was dictating over her shoulder during that paragraph.

Mandy said...

Nothing makes me sicker or angrier than this case. They both deserve the death penalty but NuLab would rather be soft on violent thugs.

That poor child - and with a father right there who would have taken him off her hands! But the pay check from the government was worth more to her.

However you have to realize that had Baby P lived, he'd have grown up to be an unemployed thug, too.

What is the future generation of Britain? The choices seem to be that they'll all be either aborted, criminals, Muslims or homosexuals. Ordinary decent Brits will be swept of the island.