reply to post by Diyainoue
So if I have a problem with todays structure, and believe me I have, I may slap you? Or should I attack the structure?
Let me share with you a perverted yet not altogether untrue picture for the future.
* People here in Britain like X Factor, Britains' Got Talent, various other shows on which they can somehow interact with the end result and sway
public opinion. They like their vote to count.
* People like to feel they have control.
*People are easily manipulated. It doesn't take a great deal to sway public opinion (just look at the media as a great tool for this argument).
*People like/want entertainment.
So...recently the House of Commons were threatened with the possibility of having to discuss reintroducing the Death Penalty if enough of the
electorate/masses wrote/e-mailed the government to discuss it in Parliament.
So....Britain is in a HUGE financial chaos. Give it time, Her Majestys' Government (the Home Office) will privatise/sell off the Crminal justice
system, ie crime, prisons, punishment toany private sector firms that can offer places of internment, rehabilitation or state approved/sponsored
execution (assuming the death penalty rears it's head again).
As with all privatised firms and companies, the shareholders will sell out to the highest bidder. In this case, think....I dunno,.....James Murdoch?
We now have a situation where a corporation runs/controls the criminal justice system (not entirely far from where we are now and not entirely
exaggeerated as a thought either).
Considering all the points I made above (and assuming the government is no longer entirely responsible for the facade of punishment,) we could soon
1:THE ABOLITION OF TRIAL BY JURY: Well, technically that won't be true, and that will be the loophole around this issue. People of Britain will have
the right to access, participate and vote on all the trials that come to court throughout the land. We, the public of Britain, will be the jury of any
trial available, FOR A SUBSCRIPTION FEE OF £150 a year! No need for that cumbersome, expensive tax payer funded right to trial by jury through
random, independant members of the public. Now anyone can judge!
2:STATE APPROVED DEATH: For an additional £50/£100 pounds a year/month/case, you (Yes, You Mr member of the Public!) have the right to cast your
vote on the death penalty for this individual! I can just imagine Ant & Dec in the Public Gallery, grinning away at the conclusion of some random case
and saying ("Does he deserve to swing for his sin? Hit the Red Button on your interactive Sky remote now, if you say 'Yes'!)
No more jury. Just a judge, a prosecutor and a defender....and You, THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN DECIDE!
(We'll be right back for the result, after this commercial break....').
I know....the miscarriages of justice would be horrific, but the entertainment factor would be....AMAZING.
And you can't argue with the viewing figures.
By the way, I copyrighted this whole concept a good 3 years ago just for the humour factor, should I ever get around to finishing my book, so don't
think about stealing it.