The Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Home Secretary David Blunkett have now published a controversial 5 year plan which will allegedly reduce crime.
The Chancellor Gordon Brown negotiated a promise of a 15% reduction in crime in thre years as acondition of the extra funding he allocated to the Home Office in the latest Treasury spending plans.
Will the Home Office stick to the way in which they collect crime data from the police and courts and from the British Crime Survey, or will they find a way to massage the figures in order to meet the arbitary 15% reduction target ?
There are iterally millions of crimes which go unreported every year, especially computer crimes.
Each email that you get which is infected with a computer virus or worm is an attempt to attack your computer in breach of the inadequate Computer Misuse Act 2003.
Every phishing email trying to con you into revealing your online bank details is a crime.
Every 419 advance fee fraud "get rich quick" scheme from Nigeria etc. is crime.
Each attempt to sell you prescription drugs like Viagra etc. is a crime.
Each attempt to sell you fake prescription drugs pretending to be Viagra etc. is a crime.
Then there are the copyright inftringing software and the pornography offers, some of which are criminal.
The list goes on, and the prospect of any of this reducing by 15% in the next 3 years must be minimal.
If the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer
were honourable men, then they would resign when their flagship policy fails to meet its arbitrary target.
Perhaps if everyone reported each and every instance of a crime such as those listed above, they might get the picture about life in the 21st century rather than harking back to the 1960s.