Sunday, January 04, 2004

BBC Asks for Input, Ignores Same

This is not exactly breaking news, but I've been pondering my response before posting.

The British Broadcasting Company recently ventured into the wild and wooly world of democracy by referendum. Well... not really, they held a "Listener's Law" poll to suggest legislation that a MP would champion in the British Parliament.

Be careful what you ask for...

Mr Pound's reaction was provoked by the news that the winner of Today's "Listeners' Law" poll was a plan to allow homeowners "to use any means to defend their home from intruders" - a prospect that could see householders free to kill burglars, without question.

Gawd... the HORROR!!!

...26,000 votes later, the winning proposal was denounced as a "ludicrous, brutal, unworkable blood-stained piece of legislation" - by Stephen Pound, the very MP whose job it is to try to push it through Parliament.

Hey, just because a crook breaks into your home... while you and your family are there, there's no cause for alarm. He's probably just going to take your stuff and leave. Just relax... submit... and let the constabulary and the courts take care of it. "Property is theft" anyway... right? That burglar is really just an oppressed, misguided and misunderstood, disadvantaged person. Sure, he shouldn't be breaking into people's houses. But, we must do everything we can to rehabilitate him. We OWE it to him.

YOU owe it to him. Relax... Submit... Sleep... Under no circumstanced do anything to bring the wrath and ridicule of the enlightened few upon your head.

"The people have spoken," the Labour MP replied to the programme, "... the bastards.

"Mr Pound told The Independent: "We are going to have to re-evaluate the listenership of Radio 4. I would have expected this result if there had been a poll in The Sun. Do we really want a law that says you can slaughter anyone who climbs in your window?"

And that's just how simple it all is. The class system is alive and well in Europe. Granted, for the most part, it's not about bloodlines. It's about "right thinking" elites leading the people to the utopian promised land. Hey... if you lose your life and your family to a home intruder, that's a small price to pay to bring about utopia... right?

"...there were suspicions the vote may have been hijacked by supporters of Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who was jailed for shooting a burglar.

Tony Martin went to jail for shooting a pair of goblins who had broken into his remote farmhouse and were stealing his property. He's become something of a folk hero in rural Great Britain where property and violent crime are rising in the face of ever more draconian gun control.

Don't worry sheeple. We'll take care of you. Just because we've disarmed you and violent crime is on the rise... this is just a temporary blip on the road to Utopia. If you and your family have to lose their possessions or die... well... think of it as patriotic sacrifice.

Mr Pound will go through the motions of presenting the Bill to Parliament but hoped he would fail. He said it was "the sort of idea somebody comes up with in a bar on a Saturday night between 'string 'em all up' and 'send 'em all all home'".

Mr. Pound, this is not about the ravings of a lynch mob about to hang an innocent man.

This is about the sanctity of a person's home and the security of one's loved ones.

This is about deterring home invasion by making it "prohibitively expensive" for the criminal.

This is about turning back the postmodern, topsy-turvy world in which criminals are victims and victims of crime are sent to jail for defending their homes.

On this side of the pond, this is about never... NEVER letting this moral relativistic madness slink into this country.


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