Saturday, February 19, 2011

JP Caroline Johnstone wages war on Scotland’s blade culture, she targets ‘underclass’, but no 'second front' on people who created them

Dear All

Knife crime is a problem, now a justice of the peace has resigned to set up a campaign against knife crime in response to the death of Scots teenager Reamonn Gormley.

The name of the campaign is the ‘Heart Matters’.

Caroline Johnstone feels that in order to tackle the issue she must do it outside the legal system.

And is calling for a review of sentencing guidelines!

She is effectively calling for tougher penalties; this will not work; closing the gate after the horse has bolted is still closing the gate after the horse has bolted.

Rather than working post incident she fails to grasp that measures are needed that is pro active not reactive.

She is writing to both the UK and Holyrood Governments for changes to sentencing for knife crime and the ways in which the two governments deal with anti-social behaviour.

Mrs Johnstone said:

“I thought, how can people do that to somebody and just walk away?”

Actually, quite easily, Mrs Johnstone doesn’t understand the mentality of these people; it is cultural and feral in nature.

They do it because they want to.

She added:

“When you see what the boy was like – you can see his heart in his face. My view is we cannot afford to lose people like that in Scotland”.

No we can’t, from what I read Reamonn Gormley was the kind of young man who done tremendous good by way of charity work. He was at university and had a future.

But he met people who had no future.

And that was the difference between Reamonn Gormley and his attackers who killed.

For them, there was no tomorrow, no future, no hope and no aspiration; they were grounded in the reality that many who live in Scotland’s ghettos know.

They were born into poverty and will die in poverty.

Mrs Johnstone works as an employment law consultant, previously worked as an HR manager for the Dungavel detention centre and also sat on the board of directors of a drug and rehabilitation charity.

She spent so much time around these people but she never understood them.

Mrs Johnstone pointed to the Justice of the Peace Court Bench Book, which states that a person who illegally fishes for salmon can face a level four fine, up to a maximum of £2500, while the punishment for a person who is drunk in a public place while in possession of a firearm is only level two, or up to £500.

Who wrote that book?

Not the people she processed through the bench, it was rich middle class socially connected people like her.

The people who form part of corrupt Britain.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mrs Johnstone wrote:

“So Mr Cameron; the problem with your Big Society is me. And it’s you – and therefore change starts with me – and it starts with you. This isn’t anyone else’s responsibility; it’s ours collectively and individually. As individuals, we will make a difference; collectively, we can make the difference.”

The problem with Big Society is that previously governments of both Westminster and Holyrood have excluded people from society, they can’t get jobs, they can’t decent housing, and they can’t help and support.

They have been denied a future.

Is it any wonder they are act in the way they do?

The people who killed Reamonn Gormley deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison but the people who created the feral society should be standing in the dock with them.

And in case anyone doesn’t know who they are, they are the middle class politicians who widened the gap between rich and poor to such an extent that it fractured society producing an underclass.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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