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HAYES IN THE HOUSE: Cracking down on crime

When the Home Secretary said that she wanted criminals to “feel terror” at the thought of committing offences, she reflected the heartfelt sentiments of those who live on the frontline of crime.

Last week, Members of Parliament rightly resolved to redouble efforts to prevent violence against women.

By providing the police with the tools they require to crack down on crime, ensuring the most serious violent and sexual offenders receive meaningful prison sentences, targeting repeat prolific offenders through robust community sentences, reforming court processes and enshrining the Police Covenant into law, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a welcome first step towards a renewal of public confidence in criminal justice. Figures show, our police forces are continually challenged by increasing demands. Hard-working officers are frequently derailed by the malign advocates of the rights of criminals and distracted by the politically correct
delusions of the ideologically motivated elite.

Sir John Hayes.
Sir John Hayes.

Imagine the demoralising disappointment they must feel when, after working tirelessly to solve a crime, an unelected judge insists on awarding a derisory sentence, so inhibiting the incentive to prosecute, weakening deterrence and undermining public trust.

Typically, custodial sentences are drastically reduced, and even the most ruthless criminals are released early.

Many killers are freed after a dozen or so years, while naive utopians – in gated communities – plead for even greater leniency. How the liberal left misunderstands the criminal mind – deviant individuals, who have chosen crime as a career, weigh up the balance between risk and reward; cost and benefit as a measure of their trade.

The misassumption that crime is an illness to be treated has become so pervasive that it is barely questioned in the broadcast media, yet to see those who choose to profit from the misfortune of others in the same way that we regard the sick and infirm is to demean the latter and elevate the former to a status they do not deserve.

The assumption that wickedness is a misfortune of less significance than the suffering it causes means relegating such acts and the victims of them. In this way, justice is neither seen to be done, nor done at all.

After years of the criminal justice system being driven in the wrong direction, thankfully, Boris Johnson’s Government has begun to crack down on crime.

The spectre of thugs and louts rioting in Bristol on Sunday shows exactly why decisive action is needed now.

Speaking in the House of Commons last week, I welcomed the Government’s proposals to regain public faith by strengthening law and order.

Indeed, I have urged ministers to go still further, by considering significant increases to minimum sentences for all violent crimes, so bypassing the close-minded judiciary and reducing the gap between what the people want and what courts deliver.

Through all our legislative considerations, politicians must remember a seminal truth: when order, underpinned by the rule of law, is eroded, it’s the vulnerable who suffer most. The horrific chaos of disorder, violence, rape and murder, makes a disproportionate mark on the poorest families in the poorest neighbourhoods.

For goodness’s sake, we must be fierce in defence of the gentle.

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