Monday the 8th August 2011 saw some of the worst public disorder in London's history. By Thursday 11th August 2011 arrests exceeded 900, the London Courts are sitting 24 hours a day and already many of London's worst thugs are doing time for a senseless crime against London. Canadian law enforcement agencies, particularly here in British Columbia - to be specific the Vancouver Police Department, must be looking on in awe, green with judicial envy.
Vancouver's Stanley Cup abomination in the streets around the downtown happened so long ago that I have already forgotten the score. What I have not forgotten is the brilliant and brave work of the VPD, assisted by hundreds of caring citizens.
It is an old and worn out complaint, but where the "F" is our judiciary. Where the hell are the courts? We know where the thieves, vandals and thugs are. They are enjoying another summer, in the full knowledge that BC's courts, in their sloth and almost meaningless existence will do little or nothing to see to it that vandals, like any other criminals should be made to pay, and pay severely, for senseless crimes against their communities.
In London, by contrast, the London loafers and thieves are already on their way to Her Majesty's facilities where, I suspect, they will find that even the general population in Britain's prisons may have the welcome mat out (in the worst possible way).
Next year let's send BC's judges to Britain for Summer Camp - "How to Treat a Criminal the Old Fashioned Way 101"