If ever you needed proof that in Britain, Success is punished and Failure is rewarded - Have a butchers at these two articles from yesterdays Daily Telegraph. Addicts who steal may escape jail Burglars and thieves could escape jail if they commit their crimes because of addiction to drink, drugs or gambling, under proposed sentencing guidelines. The recommendation is contained in a consultation on how judges should punish those convicted of thefts and burglaries. The document, from the Sentencing Guidelines Council, details how serious offences should be assessed and when judges should make allowances for mitigating circumstances. The guidelines say: "Many offenders convicted of acquisitive crimes are motivated by an addiction, often to drugs or gambling. This does not mitigate the seriousness of the offence but an offender's dependency may properly influence the type of sentence." Outraged? Read More... Buy-to-let investors face tax crackdown Middle class buy-to-let investors who are failing to declare their earnings from rent payments should end up with a criminal record under recommendations from senior MPs. A report from MPs said buy-to-let landlords were among a "high risk" group of people who evade their fair share of tax in the black economy and should face far tougher penalties. The Telegraph disclosed on Saturday how the Public Accounts Committee was concerned that professionals such as barristers and hospital consultants are among the two million people a year who are playing the black market to their advantage. A report from the committee, published today, said buy-to-let investors â often families who remortgage their homes to buy a smaller property as a rental investment â and bosses of online companies were also involved. The MPs recommended a campaign to crack down on [Read more...] Now that you've read both articles we can see that both sets of people are breaking the law, either against the Person or against the State. Obviously commiting a crime against the State is more of a crime than Robbing a hand bag from a pensioner and causing mild physical harm whilst doing it, just so that you can feed your already illegal drugs habit. Think it's time to pack up and leave.