Sunday, September 25, 2005

Denial Aint Just a River in Egypt - It seems to run through Scotland as well

The Sunday Times - Scotland: Minister decides denial is the best policy for fighting crime Scotish officials, upset that the UN has called them the most violent country in the developed world, got right on the problem.
In a leader last week, we cautioned that the easy response was to go on the defensive, question the evidence, anything but face up to the reality.

Yet the day after The Sunday Times published details of a UN study naming Scotland as the most violent country in the developed world, Cathy Jamieson, the justice minister, did all those things.
Of course all of this is easier than actually fighting crime.

The authorites have made it illegal for citizens to defend themselves, and they denied any effective means of defense anyway. Why are they surprised that crime is on the rise? (Make something more expensive, and you get less of it.)

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