Are Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce a real danger to society?
Are Huhne and Pryce a real danger to society?
So asks Geoff Ford in his weekly Ford’s Focus column in your Telegraph today. Read an excerpt below and add your comment… and read Ford’s Focus in full in your Telegraph.
IS it a waste of public money to house Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce in prison for however much of the eight-month sentences they serve?
As wealthy people, should they be billed for their time behind bars?
Or should they have been given some sort of meaningful or demeaning community payback punishment for colluding to avoid speeding points. How about filling potholes?
I've always felt that prison should be reserved for people who are a danger to society - those of a violent, predatory or thieving disposition.
I wonder how many couples in Britain have 'conspired to pervert the course of justice' in relation to speeding or other motoring offences?
Hundreds, thousands? Any thoughts that they might be shopped after a relationship breakdown will disappear after the jail terms handed out to this tragic couple.
Huhne and Pryce, high profile people, did pervert the course of justice and justice takes a very dim view of this. It is a vengeful institution when it is challenged, particularly by those who think they are beyond its reach.
But should the gravity of the original offence weigh in the judgement? Surely there is a difference between a wife on the one hand taking speeding points and on the other claiming her husband was at home when he was out burgling, raping or worse?
If a child drops litter and a mother falsely claims responsibility should she go to jail?