steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

The View from my Barrel

Okay, maybe this is cynical, but I can't help feeling that if it had been a black unemployed man on crack randomly firing a shotgun from the window of a run-down block of flats, rather than a white barrister on alcohol randomly firing from the window of a smart Chelsea maisonette, we wouldn't have had over two years of high-profile scrutiny of police tactics. The case of Mark Saunders seems to appeal to the 'there but for the grace of God' side of middle England in a way that's curiously reminiscent of Maddy McCann.

On other matters, I actually agree with John Hutton that final-salary pension schemes are unfair to the majority of contributors. But of course, they're not going to redistribute the money saved to the less well paid: they're going to siphon it off to the Treasury. Given that, his argument seems pretty disingenuous.
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