Back in August, a post commented on the four year sentence handed down to a couple of kids in England who had used Facebook posts to incite a riot. At the time, I commented how two Scottish kids had been arrested on the same charges. Bearing in mind that there were no disturbances in Scotland and that it has an entirely seperate and independent judiciary from England and Wales, I thought that after the dust had settled the kids would quietly be given a proverbial ‘clip round the ear’ and advised not to be so bloody stupid in the future. They didn’t set up the facebook page. They were merely administrators. And there is no way that riots in Scotland were ever going to happen off the back of events in England…and yet, they each got 3 years.
So how frightened is an Establishment that hands down such draconian “deterrent” sentences on the back of absolutely nothing happening anywhere in the country? Using sledgehammers to crack nuts smacks of desperation and fear. So, okay. We know social conditions are going to deteriorate. But I wonder how bad the Establishment reckons things are going to get when they are pre-emptively throwing this level of shit around?
P.S. Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson announced on national TV in the UK that striking workers ought to be shot in front of their families. And was merely required to apologise.