A man who pushed a woman on to a live railway track after a row about him smoking has been jailed for four years.As Leg Iron pointed out in a well-argued piece last month, the most recent recipient of Her Majesty's pleasure wasn't the instigator of this particular contretemps. Nor, it would appear, did he mean for his 'victim' to end up falling from the platform.
Still, he's a smoker so take him down, officer. And may God have mercy on his evil habit of not enjoying being hectored by a vindictive old bat.On the track, as she lay there, Ms Buchanan could see him standing over her and she thought he might do something else. 'But in fact he jumped down and dragged her back on to the platform.'The actions of an attempted murder or could it be, just maybe, that all he wanted was for her to go away? Could it be that he did not intend to push her off the platform at all? She was, after all, the initiator of the altercation on both occasions so she must accept part of the blame, surely?
Oddly enough, Mrs Buchanan wasn't the originator of the row that led to a working man being banged up, either. It's more than probable that had this obscene government not declared war on smokers throughout the country with daft and illogical laws, this incident wouldn't have happened at all.
But emboldened by the state's absurd over-reaction to any whiff of tobacco, her moral superiority was unconstrained, and her finger-wagging nature unleashed upon the untermensch.
There is zero health risk from second hand smoke on an open platform, nor will such a threat ever be found, but Labour's anti-smoking laws have never been about health so banned it is anyway, thereby heralding a green light for every holier-than-thou, busybodying prodnose in the land to interfere in the lives of others for their own righteous satisfaction.
And when retaliation occurs, the state steps in.
The result is a 33 year old, formerly employed, carpenter being put up in prison at our expense, and a now unemployed management consultant, after apparently suffering a stress disorder, no doubt claiming disability benefit.
To paraphrase and tailor that oft-quoted Francis of Assisi quote to fit this Labour government ...
Where there is harmony, may we bring discord. Where there is truth, may we bring error. Where there is faith, may we bring doubt. And where there is hope, may we bring despair.