JuliaM posts about so many of these stories that it's impressive she can maintain her outrage. Sadly the problem is more profound than a few misguided judges or social workers. In current political thinking, these are not miscarriages of justice but examples of social justice. There is no notion to which the statist left in Britain is more hostile than personal responsibility. Since the leftists' agenda is to promote social 'solutions' to all life's ills, they need us to believe that we are not free men and women, but victims of forces beyond our control.
Even the meanest intelligence can refute this. During two years of my young life spent working as an unskilled labourer I often heard colleagues say, when confronted with "social" excuses for misbehaviour, that their lives had been just as hard but that they didn't do such things. They could distinguish between an excuse and a justification, even if our intellectuals could not. Now however, as documented byTheodore Dalrymple and others, criminals are well versed in socio-babble and ready to portray themselves as society's victims, rather than predators.
That journalists, social workers, judges and even some senior policemen believe this drivel is mere proof of George Orwell's sage dictum that:
"There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them"
Until there is a fundamental shift in Britain's ideological alignment, JuliaM's outrage will never have chance to subside.