Yet More Collective Punishment

…demanded by grieving relatives:

The Browns want to see restrictions for private vessels covering speeding and alcohol drink-drive limits, as well as a legal requirement for those on board to wear life jackets and undergo safety training.

Their petition has so far attracted more than 2,500 signatures.

The trial was told that Shepherd, of Paddington, had entertained up to 10 women on the Eighties-built Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO.

He had been caught speeding before and was warned about the importance of life jackets.

And he’d ignored this. Why do they think he wouldn’t ignore these laws too?

The Browns say that Shepherd was not properly deterred from speeding because only bylaws had been violated.

Which might have a fraction of a glimmer of sense if he hadn’t gone on the run after being found guilty! 

Which I think you’ll find is more than a byelaw.

5 comments for “Yet More Collective Punishment

  1. September 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Every Captain of every vessel no matter how small has a duty of care to his passengers and crew.

    By Captain, I mean the person in charge of the boat. Whether it’s a Supertanker or a Canoe. There should be no need for mandatory training because it’s fairly bloody obvious. Well, at least to those that haven’t been brought up to disrespect authority and rules.

    Can you imagine how unworkable it would be if you invited friends onto your boat but they had to undergo safety training first? Some people are so blinded by grief that they just lash out randomly. I can understand their grief, but it shouldn’t spread out an consume everyone else.

    Even private vessels have to obey speed limits and Captains can be punished by harbourmasters if the HM has the will to prosecute. As for drinking alcohol while aboard, that’ll never gain traction and all the lawmakers on their big boats would be denied a tipple or two while in port.

    • September 16, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Making things unworkable is exactly how the government clamps down on freedom.

  2. Pcar
    September 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Mr Shepherd did not kidnap and force Miss Brown onto the boat. She made a risk/reward decision to board and have fun, life-jacket was in that calculation. Turned out her decision was wrong – it happens.

    New laws, regs, bans etc needed – NO

  3. john in cheshire
    September 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I’m sick to death of the immediate reaction by too many people that something they don’t like like should be outlawed.

    I thought in 2010 Mr Pickles was bring in legislation to reduce the number of laws; didn’t he also promise a bonfire of the quangos?

    Just lies as usual, just the swamp lying to us to try to fool us that they’re doing what we’ve told them to do.

    • September 16, 2018 at 7:27 am

      Me too. But she has ‘Victim Status’ and that’s a sacrosanct thing in 2018. If you’re the right sort of victim.

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