The modern world: no country for old men or women.
In that the old are likelier to be victims of crime than other age groups, those visiting Britain, or living there, should be aware how life works here. The person who commits the crime is now considered the victim. The person who was once called the victim is generally now called the guilty party. The argument is that those who resort to crime do so because they are under-privileged, which is because wealthy people have, erm, I dunno. This is not a logical discussion: here are some facts instead.
A landscape gardener caught two burglars stealing diesel from his business. It was the fifth occasion on which the man had been burgled. Having caught the burglars in the act, he beat them, hard. One of them ended up with two broken legs and a broken arm. Both were arrested. Both were fined £75 (about $120). The gardener was charged with offences that could have led to a life jail sentence.
Here’s another example. A man in Wigan bent down in the street to tie his shoelaces. A passing fellow ran up and kicked the man in the head, “as if he were kicking a football”, knocking him unconscious. The penalty for this life-threatening offence was a suspended sentence. The man who was kicked faces a lifetime of pain. The kicker was asked to pay £600 in compensation, if he can spare it.
A new global trend sees ruffians roaming the street, punching the aged. The goal is to knock them unconscious with a single blow. The courts in the UK, however, will often not convict people for this crime, because they come from “deprived” backgrounds.
How did this happen? How can it be that a man defending his property from criminals might spend his life in jail, while the criminals are able to sue him for the distress they suffered while burgling, as has happened in Britain in the past few years.
The villain is ‘equality’. Because some of us have more than others of us, politicians have decided that the only way to correct the imbalance is to punish those who have more, be it money, education, intelligence or (and especially) savoir faire.
Britain and other European countries have become socialist societies, in which those who achieve are reduced to the same status as those who do not. Those who find the whole thing incomprehensible are derided as “old”, the very worst insult a Briton can throw at a countryman.
It so happened that the jury threw out the charges against the gardener and he walked free. Some common sense remains, although it should perhaps be renamed ‘rare sense’.
Oh, and if you’re planning on burgling my house, think twice. I will hurt you and then throw you off the balcony. You start it; I’ll finish it. A life sentence is less of a deterrent for a man my age.