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by J. C. Greenway
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Questions that MUST be answered regarding the return to jail of Jon Venables, co-murderer of 2-year-old James Bulger:

1. Does the public’s the tabloid editor’s right to know supercede the importance of not prejudice a pending hearing?

2. Does this right to know also include an element of a right to turn up outside the prison gates brandishing flaming torches?

3. Are we prepared to admit the possibility exists for the rehabilitation of dangerous prisoners anymore?

Perhaps I am slow on the uptake, but these are the questions that I want answered before finding out what Jon Venables has been recalled for.

UPDATE: To note this link to the first Chapter of Blake Morrison’s ‘As If’, his account of the original trial.

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mark 4 March 2010 - 1:44 pm

“It’s well known that I was, as home secretary, reluctant to see either Thompson or Venables released at the stage when they were released.”

I think I know what he’s saying (note the implication of the kind of mob succour you refer to, i.e. ‘not me squire, it was them NOMby-pambys wot done it’)… but I’ve just had 10 minutes giggling at the way reported speech, makes people look like idiots.

“Had they not been released at the stage when they were released, this would have been more appropriate.”

Julia Smith 4 March 2010 - 8:19 pm

Yes, because clearly the tabloid editors are now in charge of prison policy, and any pretence that it was ever about rehabilitation has now been abandoned.

It’s surely only a matter of time before the return of public hangings, following a vote to ‘save’ or ‘swing’ which you can make by texting or pressing the red button on your TV remote.


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