Should people who committed serious crimes a long time ago be severely punished or handsomely rewarded? Or do we let sleeping dogs lie if a long time has elapsed and they no longer pose a threat?
This has been a week of contrasts. On the one hand, an ex-gangster and a man convicted of theft, conspiracy and fraud get honoured in the new years honours list. On the other hand, two men who were once violent thugs involved in a murder get maximum jail sentences.
So whose crimes happened a long time ago when the criminals were juveniles and less than half their present age? That’s right, it’s the two who got convicted.
Lest anyone take this the wrong way, I’m not suggesting the two murderers should’ve been let off. Just noting the contrast.