Some readers might recognise my title tonight as being an explaination by one of the anonymous little thugs who were sentenced this week for the horrific and perverted attack on two young boys. What I fail to understand is why they are entitled to anonymity and protection at tax-payer's expense for many years to come, whilst their victims will just have to make the best of it.
There is no doubt in my mind that it is time for the pendulum to swing back in our society,. David Cameron has been lambasted for using this case as an example of how we have become a fractured and sick society but the inescapable fact is that he is correct.
When are we going to wake up to the fact that until we hold people responsible for their poor and criminal behaviour and actually punish them in some way that is a real punishment, we will just get more anti-social and criminal behaviour? What is wrong in naming and shaming? Whilst supporting and working with 'toxic' parents does that mean that criminal conduct is effectively un-punished?
We have had a 'toxic' culture in this land for too long (13 years now) that has failed to address punishment and shaming as a deterrent. We have a situation where wriiten policies are spouted by schools, police and any government paid body you can think of, as they address 'Government Targets' and deal with mountains of paperwork and form filling, but fail to achieve what they have written down.
We do not need a paper trail that requires our police to spend 7 hours out of 8, form filling. We do not need an NHS body to explain that an 80 year old lady died in hospital with neglect of her condition and chronic bed-sores because the correct paper trail was missing. Have we forgotten that our schools are meant to look after and educate children?; that our Police are meant to prevent and solve crime and bring felons to justice?; that our nurses are there to look after patients?
Has form filling , report writing and 'inter agency' consultation and referral missed the point that we are actually dealing with 'real' people? I want head teachers to be able to 'punish' errant and disruptive pupils; I want the police to be able to deal with and the Courts punish, errant and anti-social behaviour. I want nurses to treat bed-sores in elderly patients. Is that too much too ask for? It was done 30 years ago for goodness sake.
I am reaching the opinion that the cane in schools is a needed option; that 'birching' as was practised in the Isle of Man has a lot to commend it; that simple good nursing as Miss Nightingale established is what we should return to.
In the mean time the innocent will suffer and the criminal, whether by default or intent, will continue to not be held to account.