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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Old person breaks the law

An elderly pensioner has broken the law, but claims he should not go to prison. The senior citizen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims he should not be arrested as he is “in disagreement” with the law he broke.

He faces trial tomorrow, but maintains he will not pay a fine if found guilty. “I have a big house and a fat private pension,” said the man, 71, “but this is a point of principle. I should be able to ignore the law when it suits me.”

Christine, 33, is a close family member of the accused. “They’re treating him as a criminal, when all he did was break the law,” said the mortgage consultant and mother of two. “But all the while these asylum seekers walk loose on the streets. It’s a travesty of justice.”

Lib Dem leader Menzies Campbell said this was an issue close to his heart, as he is also a pensioner. He said the Lib Dems would scrap laws and replace them with “non-binding moral guidelines”, which wouldn’t work but sound fairer.

Pensioners groups complain existing laws are more difficult for pensioners than for ordinary citizens. However, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott argued this was a normal reflection of life. “Everything is more difficult for pensioners,” he said. “Getting dressed, washing themselves, coping with flu… this is no exception.”

It is not clear who is to blame. Local government blames parliament, and parliament blames local government, but one thing is clear. This unnamed lawbreaker has been caught in the crossfire.

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