“Joint Enterprise” is the name of a 300-year-old English common law that the police have successfully re-employed to fight gang violence, as is explored in this week’s much-trailed BBC Panorama programme. The principle underlying the notion of Joint Enterprise is that when a gang assaults or murders a victim, even those members who do not physically participate or strike the fatal blow, but simply lend encouragement and approval to the crime, are as guilty as the chief perpetrator and will receive similar prison sentences.
Few people living outside the bien-pensant liberal bubble would do other than applaud this useful initiative. It has the additional merit of being an old law, not requiring the usual circus of horse-trading and politically correct exemptions from retribution that are built into the stacks of unnecessary new legislation that the Government loves to impose.
In the words of the Metropolitan Police’s Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan: “Standing by is not a defence.” He added: “Anybody and everybody that is involved in an incident of violence, we will look to identify them and if the evidence is there, we will look to prosecute them.” Too right. Predictably, this tough approach to thugs does not meet with everyone’s approval: Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, is opposed to it, as is the Law Commission. So, no change there.
The limitation that flaws Joint Enterprise is that it appears to be reserved for crimes of violence. Why not extend it to swindling public funds from taxpayers as well? When the Parliamentary expenses scandal first came to light one of the most obvious features was that even those MPs who had a relatively clean record must have been aware of what their colleagues were up to, but preserved, Mafia-like, Westminster omerta. If the principle of Joint Enterprise were extended to fiddling of expenses, it might be possible to jail the entire House of Commons. Bingo! Full House. That is by far the best reform that could ever be implemented in British public life.
And if old laws are to be reapplied – an excellent notion – we should restore the stocks and pillory for our corrupt legislators. Three days of being pelted with garbage and dead cats would wonderfully concentrate the minds of those who have so coercively intruded into every area of our lives, while robbing us blind in the process. As for the gangsters and thugs who have imposed a virtual curfew on our streets, other ancient remedies such as the cat o’ nine tails and – most essential of all – the Nine O’Clock Walk so irresponsibly abolished in 1965 would do wonders to end the rampant crime that liberal prescriptions have inflated to pandemic level.
I am friends with one of the Ladies who is Highlighting the above used Law in Britain today, a lot of innocent people who have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, said an innocent (wrong) thing to a twisted mind (without realising), and in certain cases not even been at the scene where a crime has been convicted - get convicted! - I know very trivial!!! but its happening and this 300 year old law is being applied in Britain today..... and you do not have to belong to no gang.
I do not want to sound paranoid (I am not) nor put the frighteners into the minds of people who are reading this and no I have not gone loo-di-da, Lol (some of you may well know certain in's and out's of certain high case trials) where the defendants have been convicted for using their mouths 'loosely'. (let this be a reminder) that if certain establishments such as the police do not like the look of some people it is not uncommon for them to dig out from the past (or plant evidences) to link ones speech or messages into sounding more sinister than it is. - Stay in the company of Good! Think before you write! And dont regrett what you Say! cos not everything that is in black and white is 'black and white' there are shades of grey too, you know! and these shades of grey do not come under the term 'Freedom' of speech!
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