Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Government endangers society again on crime by weakening of Sex Offenders Register

We are seeing the tough measures which Labour took against criminals further weakened by the ConDem coalition government today, as Ministers introduce the right for paedophiles and rapists to challenge going on the sex offenders register for life. Several criminals have challenged the current law, claiming that it is against their human rights. Judges on the Supreme Court agreed. Now the Government is being forced to push the measure through.  Home Secretary Theresa May says she is "appalled".  I urge the Government to do all it can to prevent this change being made.

This comes hot on the heels of the Government's shameful changes to the DNA database, in which they are removing all samples from people who have not been convicted of a crime. This may seem very 'liberal' and it may of course seem that it runs counter to your human rights for your DNA, taken when you were arrested, to be kept ad infinitum on a database. But consider that some people who were arrested but not convicted of a crime DO ACTUALLY GO ON TO COMMIT SERIOUS CRIMES such as rape and murder. Some of these have been caught largely due to their DNA having been taken and stored when they were arrested on suspicion of having committed an offence.

I would take someone seriously who believes that an individual's right NOT to have their DNA on a database just because they were arrested, if they were prepared to look the parent of a raped or murdered child in the eye and say they would rather see the person who hurt or killed their child go free than suffer the so-called indignity of having their personal DNA on a database.

I would happily have my DNA on a database. Remember the calls by Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy for a mass DNA screening of Bristol following the Joanne Yeates murder? It would be so much simpler if all of us were on the database, with no exceptions. Let us send a clear message to criminals in our midst - we will do all we practically can to prevent you from committing crime, to apprehend you if you do, and to punish you severely when we do. You have human rights, but the rights of the law-abiding majority not to suffer from crime take preference.

I also believe strongly in rehabilitation. But punishment must come first. The rules of society are quite simple. It is not hard to avoid raping, assaulting or murdering people - the vast majority of us manage it! We should not feel guilty about taking a tough line on people who violate the most sacred tenets of our society.

WRITE TO YOUR LIB DEM OR TORY MP PROTESTING ABOUT THE SOFT LINE THEY ARE TAKING ON CRIME.  USE THE EXAMPLES IN THE LINK ABOVE OF REAL CRIMES THAT WILL IN FUTURE BE MORE LIKELY TO GO UNPUNISHED THANKS TO THEIR MEASURES ON THE DNA DATABASE.  URGE THEM NOT TO WEAKEN THE SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER.


JOIN LABOUR - THE ONLY PARTY THAT IS TOUGH ON CRIME AND TOUGH ON THE CAUSES OF CRIME.

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