I normally avoid the “I am even madder than Melanie Phillips, but because I am a mad doctor rather than a mad pundit my mad rantings have some spurious credibility” gibberings of Theodore Dalrymple. Unfortunately, the Bystander, who normally doesn’t dignify half-mad neofascism with links, linked to one of his articles, and equally unfortunately I clicked on the fucking thing.
While it is possible to argue that failed asylum seekers should be handled in some way other than by sending them to prison (though it is difficult to see what it would be other than de facto imprisonment until their deportation can be arranged), it is misleading to suggest that our prison numbers are swelled to any great extent by such cases.
This is “I’m too posh to be in the BNP, even though I agree with them”-speak for “if you’re some kind of dago that wants to get in our country, you need locked up”. If you agree with it, you should be deported to Somalia with extreme and brutal force, and then be questioned on whether you still agree with it.
The vast majority of the alleged abnormalities that have been diagnosed among prisoners are in any case of no explanatory or exculpatory value, and in my view have been made by psychiatrists with a vested interest in expanding their power and their field of activities
This is “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” speak for “if you’re a criminal and you did it because you’re mad, that doesn’t prove that you’re mad, it merely proves that I’m right and you’re a cunt. I have no scientific evidence for this, but it’s a fact”.
“The third category of people whom Lord Woolf was for a long time complicit in wrongfully imprisoning, in his own opinion, is that of people who are not dangerous. Here Lord Woolf demonstrates either his total lack of compassion, his utter indifference to the fate of those people who do not live on his private Olympus, or his complete lack of imagination.”
This is actual, plain English for “people should be imprisoned even if they aren’t dangerous”.
What a fucking, fucking appalling, despicable cunt. I’d rather spend time with any one of the people Dalrymple (what a shame Anthony Daniels uses the family name of a worthwhile writer to dignify his bullshit) excoriates than such a pompous, puffed-up buffoon…