My apologies to Justice Sweeney he dished out a whole-life sentence and a 45 year sentence for the animals guilty of the Lee Rigby murder.

If the prison governor now just places them into the general population we can only hope that some of the other inmates with some sense of decency will ensure that the rest of their lives will be hell.

SBK the sophist


Man’s best friend is ……….

My sincere condolences go out to the family of the 6 day old infant killed by a family pet dog in Pontyberem, west Wales.

I am a grandparent who is also a dog lover and have had a pet dog throughout the period of rearing my own 3 children as well as spending considerable periods of time baby sitting my 3 Grandchildren. All those children have grown up with my dog present without a suffering a single bite.

Since a child myself I have had a Welsh terrier, a German shepherd, a Labrador two springer spaniels and a border collie as pets, and all have been integrated into family life with no more problem than the odd shoe, slipper or pair of spectacles going missing.

I have even had litters of pups present while the children were growing up and they petted the pups and the mother , no problem at all.

I or my wife was, of course,  present when this type of close interaction was going on and no way would any of these dogs be allowed uncontrolled access to the kids and therefore the opportunity to attack.

When is this country going to realise that dogs are under certain circumstances far from being man’s best friend and present a very real threat to our kids and/or the infirm if not properly trained and supervised. The ability to successfully ‘manage’ the dog should be a legal pre-requisite of ownership, regardless of breed. Maybe then we can prevent this type of tragedy.

SBK-The Sophist

A Life for a life

Exodus 21:23   “… If there is serious injury, you are to take life for life ….”

So, here we go again – The pitiful judge who has to pass sentence on the murderers of Lee Rigby, two monsters who murdered an innocent man in broad daylight, in the most horrific manner and who have steadfastly failed to demonstrate remorse – is to delay passing sentence just in case he gives them a ‘life’ sentence which would be against the murderer’s civil rights apparently!!

Mr ‘Justice’ Sweeney is apparently to delay sentencing until the appeals court decides if it agrees with European judges who consider whole-life tariffs to be ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’.

They are, of course referring to the murderers and perpetrators of crimes considered deserving of whole-life tariffs, not the inhuman and degrading treatment to which Lee Rigby was subjected by these animals.

While writing this, I have been made aware of the decision by the appeal court panel that they consider life means life to be appropriate in some cases.

Maybe now ‘Justice’ Sweeney will feel able to carry out his job, which of course he should have done all along.

Personally I agree with the European courts that whole life tariffs are inhuman and degrading treatment – but not of the criminals, rather of the other victims of these heinous crimes who are left behind – Lee Rigby’s family and friends, for example.

The criminals in these type of cases do not deserve to continue any form of life at all!!

SBK-The Sophist.