As is my wont occasionally I am holding up my hands and apologising for a decision or rather two decisions made by the Labour Govt. both mistakes and both very damaging and embarrassing to the party members who believe in justice and fairness.
The Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs is on his last legs; he is almost blind; confined to a wheelchair and has to be fed artificially; along with his family he is pleading to be allowed home to die with his family around him.
"Whilst the medical evidence indicates that your ability to commit further acts of violence has reduced to a very low level, I am concerned that you might incite and be involved in such acts of violence." (Jack Straw; Home Secretary) With these words Straw shows us “Man’s inhumanity to man” he even has the arrogance to expect us to buy the crap that Biggs could be a threat to public order. This is the man of straw flexing his muscles for the press to show how tough he is, a pathetic charade; he couldn’t look tough sitting in a tank.
I am no fan of Biggs or his like; he is a self confessed career criminal and as such; given different circumstances could have been a Tory front bencher, an amoral thug who chose to live outside of society’s rules and was rightly imprisoned. Does this mean that he should die in jail without sight and wheelchair bound in his eighties, the answer to that is no, emphatically no.
Unfortunately for the coward Straw some of us have good memories; good enough to remember his more gentle side when he released a man responsible for the murder and torture of thousands of innocent people, the fascist beast Pinochet, one of Thatcher’s great heroes. Gentle Jack deemed him so unwell that he could not stand trial despite the fact that he flew here to see his friend and fellow criminal Thatcher and was shopping in Oxford St. prior to being released. This is a disgraceful slur on the Labour Party. Straw is a disgrace, he plays to the reactionaries over Ronnie Biggs and releases Thatcher’s pal Pinochet; a despot and blood soaked tyrant right up there with Hitler, Mussolini and Franco.
All Jack Straw has done is demonstrate that we have a Labour Home Secretary who is no better than the two others in this tragic farce; Biggs and Pinochet; a low life pair and an even worse Home Secretary. I know you won’t listen to me Jack but; I will tell you anyway.
No amount of power justifies sinking this low.