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One rule for the rich.

So the Tory peers who made fraudulent expenses claims on the public purse are being released early from prison, and from their very low sentences, doubtless to make way for those far below them on the wealth ladder who shockingly deprived a retail chain of a tea-shirt.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/sep/12/lord-hanningfield-released-early-jail

I've said it before: the wealthy and powerful are only supportive -- and forgiving and tolerant -- of themselves. Don't let the Tories con you into thinking they care about anything else. One year in, and they're handing the NHS over to the private sector, depriving low and middle income young people of fair access to education and giving the banks years and years before any kind of restrictions come into play.
Yes, the last Labour government wasn't perfect. It had its share of sleaze. Blair deserves to face the courts for getting us into an illegal, unnecessary and cruel war. But this lot are the hand of Big Capital and nothing else and supporting them will only make the rich richer.

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shewhomust
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for flagging this up - with your help, we found it on page 16 of The Guardian (under a picture of Bjork).

It's not so much that I don't think we hould have early release schemes and parole and such, just that if we have them, they should be equally applied.

Meanwhile, measures to deprive people of benefits can be implemented yesterdays, measures to stop banks gambling with our money will take eight years.
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
It's precisely this inequality that winds me up so much. Lots of slack for the rich and powerful -- and lots of time for the banks to find all the loopholes -- but let anyone from the poorer section of society do anything remotely questionable, and they are meted out the harshest treatment possible.
dorispossum
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
You may remember case of Ernest Saunders - released after 10 months from his 5 year fraud sentence on 'medical' grounds. Still the only known case of (remarkably rapid!) recovery from Altzheimers!
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I remember it extremely well.
dorispossum
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Shame they never managed to patent THAT remedy...

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