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New Labour New Shame. Speeding Motorists Deserve Rape

I really do hope that this is just a Departmental Head or a Junior Minister floating an idea. A very very bad idea. This story even as a proposal should earn that proponent a place on Keith Olbermann’s Worst “Person in the World” slot.

According to the Mail on Sunday , some complete bastard in this “no cuts” Labour Government wants to cut serious criminal injuries compensation payments for those convicted of minor offences, to include speeding.

Mail on Sunday compensation table
The image links back to the Mail on Sunday article.

The Mail On Sunday goes on to report

In 2006, 857,000 fines averaging £142 were imposed in magistrates courts for driving offences.

They included 152,461 for speeding (average fine £121), 26,043 for failing to obey traffic directions (£95), 23,374 for careless driving (£159), 5,820 for parking offences (£65), 5,009 for lighting offences (£60) and 666 for noise nuisance (£66).

In the cases of murder victims, the rule applies to the deceased and any applicant for compensation.

So the amount paid to the parent of a murdered child will be reduced if the parent has been fined for a motoring offence in the past five years.

If the murder victim had been fined for a motoring offence, the amount payable to his children would also be reduced by the same proportion.

That reduction would be between £1,100 and £1,650, depending on how long had passed since the conviction, with a further deduction of between ten and 15 per cent from the sum paid to cover the victim’s funeral expenses.

Whichever idiot the so called Ministry of Justice got to speak on behalf of the Government just made it sound even worse.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed that the changes in compensation payments would affect motorists convicted of minor offences – but denied it was unfair and insisted the budget was not being cut.

‘The UK’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the world. Each application will continue to be judged on a case-by-case basis,’ he said.

‘We need to recognise that compensation is paid with taxpayers’ money and this has always been taken into account when compensating those who have already cost the public purse.’

Even on the best reading of this, that it does not just affect motorists, but also those slapped with one of Blair’s stupid on the spot fines, it is a slap in the face for those raped or who have had a family member murdered. It is the Government saying to the victim, well you are a bit of a chav, or you do speed – so you kind of deserve it.

Again, if this is true, I would not suggest a Government minister deserved to be punched in the head, or worse, for this but if they were, perhaps they too would be less deserving of compensation. This person deserves the mad PUMAs set on them. The crazy ones and the not so crazy ones. Rape victims are no less a victim because they happened to be speeding within the past however many years.

h/t Timothy Wallace.

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  1. July 20, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Now I have heard everything!

    • thebigotbasher
      July 20, 2009 at 3:16 am

      It is what comes of having a banking system larger than the UK economy and almost the size of the US economy. Britain gave almost as much cash to the UK banks as the US and when the guarantees and loans are added in – far more. The British taxpayer will be paying that back for years.

  1. July 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm
  2. July 19, 2009 at 8:30 pm

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