Uncle and pabird - get a room! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
Well. Pabird, why would we pinkoes want to bang the drum for the incumbent government? As has been explained to you on numnerous ocassions, the present beauties in no way constitute a socialist or left wing (or even left of centre) government. They are softly spoken tories!
Uncle, surely magistrates are well known for their inconsistency and lack of logic? They are after all a bunch of retired colonels, blkue rinsed old harridans, double glazing salesmen and other assorted right wing fascist imperialist lackies! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
It is difficult - nay impossible - to compare two entirely dissimilar cases especially when one does not know the full details of either. On the face of it one would certainly expect a violent offence to result in a custodial sentence, and I agree that the beak in question seems to have been lenient. But no doubt the recalcitrant cleric had many chances to pay and jug was the last resort for the different magistrate - ultimately what else can you do if someone refuses to stump up? If the old boy wqas in work then the outstanding could be deducted at source, at an appropriate rate per week or month - maybe a sum could have been knocked off his pension (plus admin costs of course).
I would also quibble (not like me, I know) with the idea that he has "served his community all his life". No, he was in paid employment. Admittedly he had to work on Sundays....
Yes, pensioners should receive a worthwhile pension, no question, but do have various benefits and concessions as described. The minimum wage is a seperate issue and again is not an appropriate comparison being paid by employers to employeees in return for their services.
So there. How's our old mate Pinnacle getting on with you, anyway. Unc? Having trouble keeping him off the urchinettes (or vice versa???)