Monday 23 June 2008

Capital punishment

I'm a wee bit ambivalent about capital punishment. I've got no problem with a householder using lethal force against a violent intruder. And, like in Texas (I believe), the said householder should be regarded as a hero. Furthermore, I'd suggest a suitable reward like not being liable for Council Tax for ten years.

But I'm not so sure about the state using capital punishment. It's not like the state gets most things right. Perhaps an exception could be made when the accused has been caught in the act by a large number of very reliable witnesses as well as being recorded on CCTV. It's not like we're short of cameras...

But here in Edinburgh I note that someone has evaded our local form of capital punishment:

A BUILDER of up-market flats has sparked protests by moving the social housing element of its scheme two miles down the road to Leith.

Council housing chiefs have been criticised for allowing Dutch developer MaB to build the affordable flats near the dock's former red light district rather than in Trinity.

Note the weasel words.

By "social housing element of its scheme" they really mean the properties that will probably be used to house unsocial people. And what about "affordable"? This is code for affordable to those who vote the right way. The houses in Trinity are affordable. To their buyers.

In fact, I'm beginning to think that use of the word "affordable" may justify capital punishment.

Along with "appropriate".

This nonsense is even affecting Ayr United's plan for a new stadium:

A spokeswoman for South Ayrshire Council said the council was "fully supportive" of Ayr United. She said consent had been given for the Heathfield stadium but complications regarding affordable housing provision due to be built on the Somerset Park site had delayed the signing of the legal agreement.
Enough of this.

Jane Jacobs explained why the state should be kept quite separate from the market. Let the state catch the criminals and let the market house the people.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Andrew Duffin
I wonder if the Ayr season ticket holders know they're going to be taken to the cleaners to build a whole lot of council houses? 
It would be interesting to hear their views. 
But on second thoughts, it's probably the taxpayer who'll be on the hook for this, somehow: some subsidy, or grant, or other scam.

27 June 2008, 13:30:53 GMT+01:00
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Texas Steve.
It seems pretty uncommon to me, Mr Craig, seeing as I've never heard of such an occurrence.

25 June 2008, 07:49:28 GMT+01:00
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Neil Craig
I'm not sure the state is more likely to get it wrong than the individual freeborn burglar shooter. A few years ago some yank shot a tourist who knocked on his door for directions after dark & it is not uncommon for a member of the family coming home unexpectedly to end up on a slab.

24 June 2008, 17:33:58 GMT+01:00
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Dan Vevers
I actually live right next to said flats; or, I should say, my dad does. I didn't know that about Ayr United's new stadium though - that really is ridiculous. You are absolutely right about the farce of "affordable housing".

23 June 2008, 21:03:06 GMT+01:00
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Anon A Moss
I too dislike the term 'affordable housing', is there such a thing as 'unaffordable housing'? Are there houses that remain perpetually on the market because the asking price is greater than anyone could afford?

23 June 2008, 17:20:05 GMT+01:00