June 23, 2006

TOO AMERICAN:

Experts tell Blair to halt wave of crime laws (Alan Travis, June 23, 2006, The Guardian)

Britain's leading crime experts have accused Tony Blair of becoming an uncritical "cheerleader for more punishment"...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2006 8:54 AM
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Tony Blair then responded:

A more humane Prime Minister never
Did in Britain exist,
To nobody second,
I'm certainly reckoned
A true philanthropist.
It is my very humane endeavour
To make, to some extent,
Each evil liver
A running river
Of harmless merriment.

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time
To let the punishment fit the crime
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
Unwillingly represent
A source of innocent merriment!
Of innocent merriment!

Unfortunately, for lack of a chorus, he had to stop there.

Posted by: HT at June 23, 2006 10:20 AM
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