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Cameron Takes Charge

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Once More Unto The Breach Dear Friends!

I am tremendously impressed with David Cameron.  His light has been hidden under the bushel of the coalition for too long.  His courageous words in Turkey and India have reminded me that he is a true leader.  Tonight’s excellent BBC documentary, Five Days That Changed Britain, reminds me that it was his bold leadership that initiated the coalition, an idea that is proving stronger and cleverer than anyone can have thought.

He has said precisely the right thing about Turkey, Israel, Gaza, India and Pakistan.  He has spoken the truths that so many others have been afraid to.  I am proud that he is our prime minister.   He fills me with confidence that he knows his direction and will stick firmly to it.   He is nobody’s fool and everybody’s champion.  He is a man who I am very prepared to trust, to give him the time he needs to achieve the big ambitions.

David Cameron is the right man at the right time.  We should all give him our support.

Channel 4 – The Air Hospital

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This was magnificent television, enough surely to shock us all out of our complacency.  Watch it here.

It was the story of the courageous team that flies our badly injured heroes home from Afghanistan in a C17 aircraft, converted to one large intensive care unit.  Every second of this documentary is shot through with pain, heroism, trauma and the utter pointlessness of the war.

I am afraid that I don’t believe we will be any further on in Afghanistan in another year.  I don’t believe that having our troops there now is making our country safer.  I think it actually makes terrorist attacks more likely.

What this programme reminded me of most effectively is that every time we hear of another soldier who has lost his life, there are four or five others, horribly mutilated and facing a future which may well be worse than death.

It has been said a hundred times but we need to say it a hundred times more, every day.  This is an unwinnable war, a pointless war.

Bring our boys home now!

Written by Peter Reynolds

March 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

Castration Is The Answer

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How can a man rape a two year old girl?

I mean the question in both senses.  How, physically, is it possible without vile and serious physical trauma?  How is it possible for any human being with any degree of conscience or decency?

These questions are unanswerable. So is the crime.  No punishment can be sufficient.  A death sentence would be both too forgiving and morally indefensible.  Surely life must mean life?  Perhaps we should consider “hard labour” or some other definition of the way that this man must spend his time in prison?

But of course this is not a man.  This is a sentient being that has behaved at a level beneath a dumb animal.  I doubt that he is “mad” in any sense that we can define.  He is simply bad.  For the full story see here.ball

Louis Theroux’s recent documentary, “A Place For Paedophiles”, gave an extraordinary insight into Coalinga mental hospital in California where more than 500 paedophiles who have served their sentence have been detained because  they are too dangerous to release.  The BBC has already removed this from the iPlayer so am I happy to direct you elsewhere: (download it here via BitTorrent).

In Coalinga more than 70% of the inmates refuse to participate in the therapy that is their only remote possibility of release.  Otherwise they are destined to spend the rest of their days locked up, even if in relative luxury.  One inmate who was participating in therapy had gone as far as having himself surgically castrated in the hope of release.

Now this may be a way forward.  Why not make surgical castration an option for depraved, out of control monsters such as the one convicted yesterday?  It could be optional, as part of rehabilitation, or in the most serious cases enforced as part of the sentence.  For someone guilty of such appalling crimes I do not see this as any infringement of his rights.