Friday, January 13, 2006

Tough On Crime

Four hundred years ago, my good friend Guido Fawkes was taken to the Old Palace Yard, and there hanged, drawn and quartered "to the great joy of all beholders". And you know what? Nobody else tried to blow up Parliament from that day to this.*

These days of course, as with all crime, we have new ways of dealing with Treason: Home Office Written Answers on Tuesday:

'Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the last conviction for treason was; and what penalty was imposed.

Fiona Mactaggart: The last conviction for treason was in 1994, under the Treason Felony Act 1848. The sentence was a community supervision order.'

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it.

And I wonder which is more cost effective.

* Yes, OK, the Luftwaffe, the IRA, Islamic extremists...but let's not split hairs.

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