What I wrote at Lib Dem Voice

October 29, 2006

Criminally stupid

A coda to last week's post in which I suggested Jack Straw's typically authoritarian approach to problems in society - slap a law on it - was pointless in the case of those idiots who choose to advertise their crimes on YouTube.

Mr Straw had argued: "This is a really serious issue about how these kind of videos should better be controlled." I suggested: "if a criminal offence has been committed, surely it having been caught on camera and broadcast is more likely to lead to the capture of the culprits of any offence committed?"

I spotted this story in yesterday's Soaraway Sun:
A YOB who stole spectacles from a charity worker was arrested after his mates posted footage of the theft on the net.

The 20–second phone video clip showed a grinning lout approaching the street collector then snatching his glasses and running away, to the cheers of his laughing friends.

It was titled “Wild specs robbery” with the caption: “P***ed up bald lad steals randomers specs in street! Absolutely WILD!!!”

Police were tipped off about the video, on the YouTube website, and arrested an 18-year-old youth yesterday. ...

A police source said: “The lads involved obviously were not the brightest blokes around.

“Most criminals try to protect their identity rather than putting video of their lawbreaking on the web.”



Parsing Phase said...

Straw Man logic:

Make it illegal for criminals to get caught.

Criminals will stop getting caught.

Prison overcrowding reduced!

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