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Comment Not really about the PAC, sorry. (Score 1) 308

So here in Scotland we are about to have a historic opportunity to strike out on our own and redefine our constitution.

The Scottish Government posted a draft constitution last week for public consultation. I wondered if you might have any advice of what sort of thing needs to be in there?

My personal feeling is that the Declaration of Arbroath did not go far enough. We need to define, explicitly, what powers, we the people, reserve to ourselves and exactly when and under what circumstances we can revoke the power of the various arms of government.

I really like much of the attitude to contracts in the GPL and have also toyed with the idea of unalterable articles. I feel like there are certain principles that we need to make clear are not negotiable.

How, at a constitutional level, can we get the money out of politics and regain control of those we elect?

Comment Re:"We have to take all threats seriously" (Score 1) 706

Absolutely the Police should investigate.

They should investigate to find out if the kid is the victim of bullying (criminal assault) and then prosecute his tormentors for their violent criminal behaviour.

I mean, seriously, what the fuck?

This kid is acting out because he is the victim of a crime.

A crime which in the UK can carry a sentence of up to six months for a single offence.

Put down the doughnuts, get your heads out of your arses and prosecute the real criminals.

Comment Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 706

How did this happen? Didn't the authorities have any warnings about this kid?

I'm willing to bet in 100% of cases, or as close to 100% as makes no difference, the authorities were fully aware that the kid in question was the victim of bullying.

Or to put it another way.


I'd also not be surprised if their response to this knowledge was to do Sweet Fanny Adams.

Frankly I think that ought to make them legally culpable for the subsequent actions of said victim of criminal assault.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 706

I completely agree with this.

I blame the media.

By focusing on the wrong metrics of police performance they have compelled the police to try and improve those metrics. By the simplest and easiest expedient.

So rather than cracking down on real crime they find misdemeanour's to prosecute 'law-abiding' citizens for. Most of us are not 'felons' and will come quietly, plead guilty and pay our fines when caught running stop signs, speeding or fiddling our taxes.

People committing real crimes, like assault, resist arrest, scream for a lawyer and skip town if found guilty. They are generally a giant pain in the arse and use up a disproportionate amount of resources per successful prosecution.

What we really need the police to do is crack down on 'minor' assaults. Particularly those committed by 'minors'. Nobody starts out a felon. They have to be carefully trained and nurtured, shown that they can get away with actions that society tells them are unacceptable, taught how to avoid serious consequences.

Whether it is a failing system, lawyers or older felons that teach these things is immaterial.

Bullying in the school yard is the training-wheels of full scale criminality and ought to be trivial to nip in the bud.

What we really need is a two tier police force, one that deals with felonies and one that deal with misdemeanour's.

If the first were constitutionally barred from supplying evidence to the latter all the better.

The felony police would have no choice other than to do their fracking job and the rest of us would never have any reason not to provide them with all the support that we could.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 706

Surely a school authority's responsibility is to punish transgressors and protect victims?

If they are failing to do so systematically as you suggest then they are abdicating that responsibility.

It does not matter what mechanism this takes, it matters what the result is.

And the result is that victims remain unprotected, they may even be punished for being victims, and the criminals remain largely unpunished.

That is unacceptable and needs to change.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 706

'Although there are relatively few serious violent crimes at school, there are many less serious crimes and there are numerous discipline problemsâ"primarily disorderly conduct and fights that do not result in injuriesâ"that demand attention. Bullying, teasing, and harassment are common problems that deserve attention in every school, too.'

So the rate of murder and aggravated assault has fallen in schools due to 'zero-tolerance' campaigns but the rate of 'minor' assaults that are arguably the cause of these more serious crimes has continued unabated?

Violence in schools is unacceptable, in particular the sort of 'minor' violence that trains the next generation of criminal thugs and criminalizes the victims when they take the law into their own hands, ought to be stamped out as a priority.

Comment This (Score 2) 706

The real problem in our cultures is the total abdication of responsibility by the authorities for the criminal violence perpetrated daily in our educational institutions.

Every child learns that they can either get away with committing acts of violence against others or that society will tie itself in knots to avoid protecting them from criminal violence.

Is it any wonder the victims of violence take the law into their own hands when our most important laws are actively ignored by those who ought to be enforcing them and protecting the rest of us from those that would break them.

Almost every problem our societies have can be traced back to acts of violence that are being tolerated by those that should know better and are committed by those that have been trained by our educational establishments to believe are acceptable.

Assault is a crime.

An extremely serious crime that we should never tolerate. Effectively enforce that one law and almost all the other serious crimes would disappear overnight.

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