The headline in today's DT is: 'Victims to choose from menu of out-of-court punishments for offenders'. Now, I don't know about you but the first thing I thought was: 'Hold your horses, steady the buffs, Susan, that's an aspect of Sharia law.'
And so it is. We're further informed that:
The range of options will be decided by the new Police and Crime Commissioners consulting with members of the public and Chief Constables under plans to give victims their voice back, Jeremy Browne, the Home Office minister, said. ... each force area will be free to come up with its own options for punishments which should be “proportionate but meaningful”, rather than a “slap on the wrist”.Governing under Sharia is a Council on Foreign Relations publication which is either even-handed or pro-Sharia, depending on your view:
"There are so many varying interpretations of what sharia actually means that in some places it can be incorporated into political systems relatively easily."
"Western countries are also exploring the idea of allowing Muslims to apply Islamic law in familial and financial disputes. In late 2008, Britain officially allowed sharia tribunals (NYT) governing marriage, divorce, and inheritance to make legally binding decisions if both parties agreed. The new system is in line with separate mediation allowed for Anglican and Jewish communities in England. Criminal law remains under the gavel of the existing legal system. "There is no reason why principles of sharia law, or any other religious code, should not be the basis for mediation," Britain's top judge, Lord Nicholas Phillips, said in a July 2008 speech (PDF). Supporters of this initiative, such as the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, argue that it would help maintain social cohesion (BBC) in European societies increasingly divided by religion."I really don't understand why I seem to be the only one concerned about this adaptation of English Law under the guise of helping victims, Big Society and Localism. The UK governments since WW2 have either been stupid, incompetent, corrupt, traitorous or all four. We're so far down the road to Nowhere and looking towards Gonesville that I hardly dare believe we can pull ourselves back, but pull ourselves back we must.
There's more on Sharia law HERE.
For future reference, my daughter is the one on the left:
One other point: I'm so glad our newly elected PCCs are on the ball and following in ACPO's footsteps by forming their very own, no doubt expensive, taxpayer-funded Association. You can see a list of those elected if you click the link and you can also find this pic there; it's a wordle of the PCC's most pressing concerns *ahem*:
Oh, the post title? 'Just Saying'. What else? ;)