Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mr GuF: Should the Punishment Fit the Drunken Crime?

Yesterday we reported the sad tale of Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes aka Mr GuF and his conviction for uninsured drink driving - at almost twice the legal limit. Fourth alcohol related offence and second disqualification for drunken driving in the last few years. Punishments available include £9,000 fines AND three-year disqualification AND six months in jail. But should the punishment fit the crime?

Submersion in the Tower in a Butt of Malmsey perhaps? Or a good session of Lager Boarding (YouTube link, 18 cert), using Lech Polish Export naturally. Image from

But riddle-me-ree. Should the utterly bankrupt, convicted drunk, charity commission investigatee, and tax avoider Paul Staines be locked up for six months, increased to nine for bad behaviour, would he lose his tax avoidance status? Methinks GuF will be relying on the "non domiciled" rather than "non resident" loopholes. But further information gratefully received.


jailhouselawyer said...

He's not drowning he's waving. I wonder if the dirty bastard will avoid the showers in prison?

Chris Paul said...

He will probably, sadly, avoid the prison John. Can we get up a campaign to see him um go down? My thinking is he may escape with a big fine and a big driving ban and a referral to alcoholics and narcotics anonymous.