Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Six weeks for a custard pie!

Jonathan May-Bowles, the man who threw a custard pie at Rupert Murdoch, has been sentenced to six weeks in jail and told that he must serve at least half that time. (Why give a sentence and then halve it – crackers – but that’s a rant for another day!)

Meanwhile, thugs convicted of common assault frequently receive a mere caution and a night in a cell. I think there are many people who believe Mr May-Bowles deserves a medal.

The prisons are already full to overflowing with people who really shouldn’t be in them while the real villains, who steal pension pots and run drug rings and adopt corrupt business practices are left at liberty to continue lying, cheating and hiding behind their wealth.

What price Justice? What happened to common sense? 

21 comments:

  1. Common sense has been in hiding for a very long time. Like the story I heard of the police shutting down kiddie lemonade stands in Georgia because they need a permit. Really? They have nothing BETTER to do with their time? The police chief was on the news and totally serious about cracking down on the poor kids just doing what kids have been doing harmlessly for years.

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  2. Mummy thinks common sense left the building when political correctness arrived! I got sentenced to a day indoors for losing my collar last week. It got found, but I didn't get my sentence halved. I shall complain straight away :)xx

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  3. I saw this on the news just a little while ago and wondered the same thing. Why does assault with pie deserve any jail time at all or at most a night or two?

    The judge should have patted Mr. May-Bowles on the back and told him not to do that again.

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  4. I agree, he deserves a medal. If I'd been near enough to throw anything at Rupert Murdoch, it would have been a mud pie.
    He's such an old rogue it makes me wonder about all the years I spent in the newspaper industry. I didn't get rich, but some people...
    And I definitely agree about people who should be in jail but aren't. Men who assault their wives top MY list, followed closely by corporate criminals who ruin thousands of lives.
    Looking forward to another day's rant, Janice!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  5. We see the same sort of injustice on this side of the pond. Those with money and power can commit any sin and avoid punishment. Not so those who can only afford to sin with a single custard pie!

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  6. We certainly have the same sort of complaints all the time in the U.S. Love your header photo, by the way.

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  7. It's just crazy! I so agree.

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  8. It seems to happen that way so often, doesn't it? Makes no sense at all.

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  9. I've never been one to throw a pie when eating a slice does quite fine.

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  10. It's good that your pink hydrangea is doing so well. Mine is just about making it in this heat.

    Thanks for visiting. I'm your new follower and I hope that you will follow me back.

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  11. Common-sense is surprisingly uncommon. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

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  12. Great post full of humor around a very serious issue. I am a strong advocate for fines and community service!

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  13. It sure is puzzling, isn't it? You'd think the justice system would be more just.

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  14. Oh Janice, don't get me started. Not only is common sense not common, but the scales of justice are sadly broken.

    [I hope your son is not going to Croatia in August...? The height of tourist season? Yikes. But I would guess that Dubrovnik is his main destination. If so, Cavtat is just 16 km south down the coast with boats going to Dubrovnik every hour or so, making it a perfect place to camp while exploring the area. The couple we rented the apartment from where fabulous. I really liked the city of Split, too.]

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  15. the common sense was lost....
    In Sweden, if you kill a person , you go to jail for 4 years...if you use a bicycle without headlight, you take one...
    In Brazil, the rich people are in the streets even if they kill and assault banks. The poor if takes an egg in Shop is in jail...

    very simple...

    cruel world where we live...

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  16. That's preposterous... there's got to be more to this.

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  17. Sometimes the world seems topsy turvy. I haven't heard anything about this pie incident.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  18. Isn't it crazy? We were only discussing this at work yesterday... if he had thrown the pie at anyone else would he have got such a sentence? And how come Mrs Murdoch didn't get charged with assault? She really laid into him!

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  19. I have no idea what has happened to the justice system. It's the same sad situation the world over, I think.

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  20. I am at a loss for words. or understanding how jail time for this crime? misdemeanor? could possibly serve society.

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