Nanny really loves her ASBO's, in her view they have really improved the quality of life in the UK. Yet, she knows that they are not the total solution to social and criminal problems.
Nanny has been working hard to find the final solution. She feels that she needs something that will not just punish a criminal, and keep him away from decent people, but something that will stop a crime being committed even before the criminal (or potential criminal) has thought of committing that crime.
Ah, if only Nanny had the gift of second sight; she could lock all those nasty people away, who have yet to commit a crime, and at the stroke of a pen zeroise the crime statistics.
An impossible dream?
No, for now we have VOO's!
What the fark is a VOO then Ken?
Well, dear reader, a VOO is a Violent Offender Order designed to be served on people who might commit a violent offence.
Bliary Poppins wants to introduce VOO's, which will be targeted at those whom police believe are likely to commit violence.
They will be aimed not only at people who have a history of violent behaviour, or who have just left prison, but also at those who may not yet have committed an offence.
Brilliant isn't it?
The Home Orifice will publish a plan next month which proposes that potential trouble makers will be banned from certain areas, or mixing with certain people. Police will be alerted when the potential criminal moves house and possibly force him to live in a named hostel, the potential trouble makers' vehicle details will be given to police and curfews imposed on them.
The orders will last for at least two years, with no upper limit. Any breach could lead to up to five years in jail. Ministers believe police will apply for 300 to 450 Voos each year.
Oh this is so brilliant, why has no one ever thought of doing this before?
Well you see folks, there is one small fly in Nanny's oinkment.
Can you see that fly?
Yes, that's right, Nanny doesn't have the gift of second sight!
In order for the police to identify future criminals they will be using rather unscientific, and error prone, key performance indicators (KPI's), viz:
-The person's formative years and upbringing
-"entrenched pro-criminal or antisocial attitudes"
-"a history of substance abuse or mental health issues"
-The person's domestic situation
-The person's relationship with their partner or family
-"possession of paraphernalia related to violent offending (eg balaclava)"
-"possession of extremist material"
Even better, just like ASBO's, when the police apply for a VOO all they have to do is apply via a magistrate's court, where the threshold for burden of proof is lower than a criminal court.
I see no flaws whatsoever in this master plan of Nanny's; for if I did, I might be classed as a potential VOO recipient, as this site could be classified as "extremist".