Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

We must stop pandering to the criminals

So the Belfast Telegraph's editorial writer believes the 'Prison Service is suffering from the fact that it did not get a Patten-style revamp like the RUC' (Comment, May 27). Who - apart from Chris Patten himself - would agree?

Patten was a failed Tory MP, rejected by the electorate in the 'safe' Tory seat of Bath, who then became the last governor of Hong Kong where he managed to engineer a political row with the Chinese before the inevitable handover to enhance his profile.

Now he is an EU Commissioner on £250,000 per annum. Do we have a more efficient police service as a result of Patten?

RUC crime clear-up figures were as high as 42%. PSNI figures have increased to 23%, making it among the worst performing in the the UK. Spare us the same fate for our Prison Service. We have in our prison population a criminal mafia who threaten us. The public care little about the 'regime' at Maghaberry when we know it takes approximately 33% more of our taxpayers' money to keep a prisoner in custody here than in Great Britain.

It is cost-cutting we demand - not pandering to the needs and 'rights' of criminals. David Ford and Belfast Telegraph editorial writers take note.

ALBERT HAGAN

Antrim

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