But they now seem to be going for the plain evil policy:
Victims of violent crime are to have their compensation slashed if they have previously committed minor offences such as speeding.To put that into figures, if you are paralysed by your attacker, you will receive £175,000. If you, in the past, committed a minor speeding violation, the government will then knock off £26,250.
And it could be even more:
Individual payments to assault and rape victims will be reduced by up to £37,500 as part of a £25million public spending cuts programme ordered by the Government, it was claimed last night.This is monstrous. And I'd like to say they haven't a hope in hell of getting it through unchallenged.
But with the feeble 'opposition' so far provided by The Dave, they probably will...
Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve said: 'People will be astonished that Ministers are targeting victims of crime simply because they may have committed minor traffic violations - for which they have already paid the penalty - while prisoners released early are being given compensation for the food and accommodation they would have received free.People won't be 'astonished' - they will be furious, bitter, despairing, sickened - all those things, but not 'astonished'.
'The idea that a rape victim or the parents of a murdered child should have their compensation docked for a speeding conviction years earlier is a revolting proposition.
Because really, this is nothing more than the logical conclusion of this 'government of all the talents' that we currently have under Brown. No wonder he is losing ministers and cronies left right and centre.
Even their spokesman's heart doesn't seem to be in defending this one:
A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed that the changes in compensation payments would affect motorists convicted of minor offences - but denied it was unfair and insisted the budget was not being cut.After the way ministers have been so cavalier with taxpayer's money in the past, that one is going to fly about as well as the MoD's non-existant helicopters...
'The UK's Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is one of the most generous and comprehensive in the world. Each application will continue to be judged on a case-by-case basis,' he said.
'We need to recognise that compensation is paid with taxpayers' money and this has always been taken into account when compensating those who have already cost the public purse.'