August 25th, 2008

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Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Convicted criminals owe more than £500 million in unpaid fines.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal that by March this year £500,630,569 was owed to the courts. This was a rise of over £14 million from the same period in the previous year.

Many people found gulty at court receive a fine as an alternative to a prison sentence, so not paying effectively means they escape scott-free. They must be quaking in their boots when they come up in front of the beak.

But no fear, there is a new system where the courts can text the laxed-payers & send them messages reminding them to pay their fines. Records don’t seem to exist on how many people are suddenly prompted to pay when they receive such a message, nor how the courts are able to find out which particular nicked mobile they happen to be using at the time.

I wonder what the country could do with an extra £500 million; it could pay for at least a small percentage of the  monumental waste of money in some NHS computer system or other or maybe fund 23,000 extra police officers.

The Ministry of Justice said clamping down on fine dodgers is a continued priority & the amount unpaid was down more than 10% in many areas.

So that’s all right then.

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  1. whichendbites says:

    Nothing to do with targets I presume ?

    Because the courts are not hitting their targets of fine recovery it has to be likely that by removing the perceived failing they could be judged to have improved.

    Write of a high percentage of the fines and suddenly the targets look a lot healthier, thus they are deemed to have been improving.

    Absolutely perish the thought this could happen, in this day and age, complete and utter tosh……….. ???

    August 26th, 2008 at 21:56

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Just disconnect their Sky dish, or Setanta (whatever that is). Hit`em where it hurts!

    NHS computer system?, I`m no expert, but it`s a collossal amount of money any way you look at it. The NHS is rotting away under the gloss and spin of labour, so their response is MORE control, from a Master Computer System (it never works in the films: Tron, The Matrix, Rollerball, 2001 A Space Odyssey etc etc).

    Of course, it`s all being done as efficiently as possible, with lots of expensive consultants ensuring that it`s being done properly (and also ensuring that there is the usual NuLabout air-gap between the problems and their policies).

    The more I think about it I reckon you can sum up the NuLabour approach to life (and the approach of most large organisations these days) like this: Remember the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz? Remember the impressive smoke and booming voice and pyrotechnics? Remember what Dorothy actually found behind the curtain?

    There`s no place like home, there`s no place like home….

    August 27th, 2008 at 22:10

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