One of our new MPs makes a very good point on Twitter this evening. Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park & North Kingston and part of the new 2010 intake, sent this tweet on the horrendous attack on a car passenger who had a concrete block thrown at her from an A12 bridge in Essex last week:
Carol Manley was travelling with husband, Steve, along the A12 in Essex when a person or persons threw a piece of concrete the size of a bucket off an overhead bridge on to their car. The concrete block went through the windscreen of the car, which was travelling at 45mph, and landed on Mrs Manley face and chest. She is now in hospital with serious internal injuries and fractures to her face and ribs. Police believe the criminals struck earlier in the evening when another concrete block smashed the windscreen of Lisa Horne’s car on the A12. Both incidents are being treated as attempted murder.
Mr Goldsmith makes the point that those who are caught, charged and convicted of these mindless crimes should be handed down a sentence of twenty years. I completely agree and every day of those twenty years should be served at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Unfortunately, we have a government front bench stuffed with liberals, especially Ken Clarke the Justice Secretary, and a judiciary who loves to favour the criminal and now has the Human Rights Act as its great defender of weak justice. If anyone does go to prison for these sickening crimes I suspect they will be walking the bridges of the A12 again within 5 years tops.
Let’s hope Zac Goldsmith and his like-minded colleagues can bring back tough justice to our courts.