If the Government’s Playing to the Crowd wasn’t bad enough on Prisoner Votes , todays performance really takes the biscuit .
The Sex Offenders Register has been flawed for years . The danger of the width and breadth of sexual allegations isn’t something new to the Prime Minsiter who sat on the 2002 HASC enquiry .
The Scottish Govt have just got on in a business like way to deal with the changes required for a proper review system so why do we have to have all this media hype , this isn’t a fresh European Court Decision and the Govt have been sitting on this for a considerable amount of time .
For those who are on the Register for life they should have a fair and proportionate way to challenge the register . As Lord Carlisie points out it must be subject to judicial supervision and anyone who seriously looks at the reconviction rates will conclude how necessary it is – the rates of reoffending are exceptioanlly low and we need to concentrate on those individuals who we really need to monitor and stop the bureacracy of the large proportion of people who after some years post release are no danger to anyone .
Take a simple and not infrequent example of a young adult who has sex with his under age girlfriend – do we really want him to spend the rest of his life of a Register ?
Common sense is required not cheap political points .