Now, see the reality:
Campaigners condemned Ministry of Justice statistics which showed more than 1,000 offenders in England and Wales were given fines for carrying a knife in a single year.Yeah, that showed them…
Fines were dished out to one in 20 knife carriers sentenced in 2007.
The problem is that the government can dictate what it likes, but the court system is still staffed with the people who are either a soft touch, hopelessly naïve or happy to find excuses not to fine the maximum amount.
As a result, the government gets their headlines and it’s business as usual before the ink is dry…
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne accused the Government of "posturing" on knife crime penalties while an anti-crime charity described the punishments as a "slap in the face".And there always will be until we start to change the people in that system as well as the rules they work by:
Mr Huhne said: "There is a massive disparity between what the Government say and what the court system does.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: "Carrying a knife is a serious offence, and the Government is determined that those who are caught with a knife face the consequences.For how long…?
"Sentencing in individual cases is a matter for the courts - this is a cornerstone of our justice system - but the latest figures show more and more people are going to jail, and going to jail for longer.
"Less than 4 per cent of offenders receive a fine for possession of a knife or offensive weapon, compared with 20 per cent who are immediately sent to jail."