Incorrigible rogues can sleep safely at night

With the Queen’s Speech mere hours away, here is some very vaguely related news.

Incorrigible rogues can sleep safely at night (or whenever) – it is no longer a criminal offence to be one in England and Wales. 308 other offences were also removed from the books. (Or perhaps haven’t been yet because it happens in May?)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sleep-soundly-incorrigible-rogues-youre-no-longer-committing-a-criminal-offence-9000162.html?origin=internalSearch

…but you can still be gaoled for life for even imagining the overthrow of the monarchy, as that was added to the revocation list by mistake!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/you-can-still-be-jailed-for-being-a-republican-government-confirms-and-it-remains-illegal-to-even-imagine-overthrowing-the-queen-9004176.html

Yes, tenuous Christmas linking, but hopefully interesting!

Here’s a small bit of other useful info:

An “incorrigible” person is defined as someone “not able to be changed or reformed”. Thanks, The Oxford English Dictionary. No wonder no-one was ever prosecuted for it. Proving someone incapable of being reformed beyond a reasonable doubt would be impossible, even with no legal aid defence lawyer!

 

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