I have been out spoken on this site and said some cockish things, especially late and after a few beers. But I have just read a news story that makes me wonder where we are going as a country, which followed another a story I read yesterday. Firstly, as most who have followed anything I have written know I served eight years as a soldier and twenty six years as a copper. Joining the Army at 16, and except for a short gap carried arms from 1977 to 2011, longer than many posters on this site have been alive. Story one, concerned a pair of violent and known gang members in London who had a dust up in which one was killed (boohoo) but the other in spite of having a knife (illegal) the killer, was let off as under common law he was acting in self defence. Now we are led to believe the killer was a reformed gang member, but unless I am missing something reformed gang members don't carry knives. The second concerns a copper who has just been cleared of death by careless driving, having consumed six pints (minimum) and been convicted of drink driving over the same incident. I know there are some anomalies in the laws of the land but surely both of these people need to be locked up or what's the point.