Monday, 18 July 2011

Inconsistent Cenotaph

Our criminal justice system is bring itself into disrepute by the vagaries of the sentences it sends down. Consider the following affronts to the Cenotaph in Whitehall - memorial to Our Glorious Dead of two world wars.

Wendy Lewis: Urinated on the Cenotaph while boyfriend made Nazi salutes; 15 weeks jail; suspended.

Emdadur Choudhury: Burned poppies on Armistice Day and called for British soldiers to burn in Hell; £50 fine.

Charlie Gilmour: Swung from flag on Cenotaph; 16 months jail; not suspended

Strangely most people seem to think Gilmour got what he deserved. If he did then the two others got off very lightly indeed. 

If Gilmour had taken the precaution of performing his ape-man act the day before the student protests he could probably simply have swung and departed; even if noticed by the police it would most likely have been a case of, "run along sonny." He didn't cause any damage. He later threw a dustbin, but that didn't cause any damage either.

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