Saturday, 12 December 2009

The Rat Book, back out of the sewer...

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
Noam Chomsky
I note the odious Rat Book project has resurfaced on a webserver based in northern Spain.  The website dedicated to naming and shaming the UKs criminal fraternity (it is mainly men, sorry guys!), has had a face-lift and is alive and kicking somewhere near Santiago De Compostella - presumably located there in an attempt to avoid some of the legal problems a UK based server would experience.  Not quite the Costa Crime but the same principle.

The developer's proud boast?
The UK's leading name and shame website. The Rat Book is the result of 18 months development and over 80,000 hours research, designed to expose paedophiles, abusers, rapists, perverts, violent criminals, and terrorists across the UK. We believe that you have the right to know about criminals living and operating in your area, and that through awareness, you can improve the safety of your family.
I'm not a fan of mob-rule personally and I little trust our legal system, so this is the alternative? Clearly this website is simply a vote for vigilantism and feeds the fear of crime agenda.  The same agenda so readily adopted by a desperate state, bereft of anything positive to offer us, but keen to impose 'their' order on an increasingly fragmented and unhappy society.

So much for rehabilitation and a belief in paying your price to society, this site and our crime obsessed gutter press are hand in hand with the 'State-us Co Ltd' to keep society subservient and thankful for their indulgences.  So go on; indulge your self-loathing by gloating over the mistakes of others and demonstrate your own flawless life by chucking a brick through an offender's window, or worse.

Way to go humanity (I use that term advisedly); we do not tolerate mistakes, forget rehabilitation forgiveness or redemption here - schadenfreude and revenge are now the order of the day...

Will somebody please show me the exit?

5 comments:

  1. I'm always wary of sites like this too. Who are they? These people could put anyone's name online. No, good for you for making us aware.

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  2. Subrosa, thanks for your comment. You know what bothers me is not only the danger of misreporting coupled with no legal opportunity to appeal - but the fact that somebody thinks we need this; what good does it do anybody? What action would they take if they knew of a criminal in their locale - other than revenge? Not exactly a positive outcome for society is it?

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  3. At first sight it appears just to colate publicly available Court Police and press reorts but as SR suggests, who are these people and how accurate is their information.

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  5. I'm literally about to write to my MP complaining about this site. I can see little use for it other than prurience and vigilante actions.

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