Monday, 21 November 2016
Trial of Thomas Mair
The public trial of Thomas Mair, who killed my MP Jo Cox, last June, has now lasted a week and is expected to continue for another two. I cannot see what useful purpose is served by this. The fact that Mair killed her is undisputed, and whether the verdict is murder, manslaughter, unlawful killing or something else should make no difference to the sentence, that he should be detained in a secure institution and treated for mental illness until it is safe to release him, which will probably be "never."
A sensible system would sort this out in an afternoon.
There is no sense in which "justice" is served by this protracted legal performance. Instead public money is being wasted on lawyers, who will not be on the minimum wage, and the expenses of witnesses. The major outcome is the of feeding the public's appetite for ghoulish details to the profit of the press.
Sadly that bastion of probity and liberalism, my beloved Guardian, participates in full..