Saturday, 19 February 2011

Society: Jailing The Homeless Beggars

I am usually all for equal application of law in all circumstances, but this really got me thinking...

The judge apparently thought that suspended sentences and warnings weren't deterrent enough for poor Piotr Dabrowski to stop begging on the streets of Belfast. But I must ask: what is a good enough deterrent for a homeless, and presumably also unemployed, person to stop begging? Getting a job is an obvious answer, but spending a week in jail is not going to help, is it? And can we really blame homeless for begging? Not everyone can sell Big Issue - there just ain't enough to go round. By all means stop begging industry and organised begging. Please also feel free to put that sort in jail for much longer than a week. But I do believe that small time unfortunates should be left alone, or at least just warned and removed from their spot.

Maybe David Cameron's Big Society would deal with this differently? Not sure, though...