...because it's no longer enough to be blind. Justice needs to be woke instead:
Judges have been told they must take the ethnicity of gun criminals into account when they hand down punishments.
I'm all in favour of that, if it means harsher penalties for those who shouldn't be here in the first place! But of course, it doesn't.
After research revealed that white criminals convicted of holding or carrying guns have been given lesser penalties than those from ethnic minorities, the Sentencing Council said judges must consider whether their decisions are influenced by their unconscious bias.
Or maybe they are influenced by other factors, such as criminal history, level of violence used, etc? Who knows?
The new Sentencing Council guidance says that while there may be many reasons why sentences for white and black gun criminals have shown disparity, they should consider several paragraphs in the Bench Book when they hand down punishments.
The paragraphs contain material from a review of the treatment of black and ethnic minority people in the criminal justice system carried out by Labour frontbencher David Lammy in 2016.