The latest piece of politico/law orientated insanity has my head turning 360 degrees. What can the mere man/woman in the street do to change EU edicts which are apparently designed to overthrow all the most carefully constructed legal systems in Europe.
As a life-long socialist I would never normally condone the infringement of anyone's 'human rights' but what exactly do we mean by human?
Just how far outside 'normal' behaviour does an individual have to go before he/she becomes a social pariah, and at what stage can they be deemed to have forfeit the right to take part in everyday activities?
While I would never try to remove the 'comforts' obtained - often after quite a struggle - which make the daily life of those incarcerated for the good of the community, there surely must be some level at which such "goodies" reach a peak.
The right to vote was won by enormous and sustained effort and suffering by dedicated individuals of both sexes and is in my opinion one of the greatest privileges available to British citizens, Not ever to be casually taken for granted by anyone, in or out of prison.
Has the concept of earning or deserving a privilege disappeared from our way of life?
At the same time, are we now to reward even the most evil of offenders rather than punishing their crimes?