Friday, August 12, 2005

Sweet Irony

It feels awful to have a little smirk at this story, but I almost can't help myself. Ronnie Biggs never showed any remorse for his crimes, and after spending 36 years on the run only came back to England to serve his prison sentence when his health was in such a bad state that he needed treatment on the NHS to keep him alive. It almost feels deserved that it's the NHS that killed him, as worrying as the MRSA superbug is.

As for the argument that he should be released if he's close to death, I'm not so sure. The only grounds for his release are that he would be of no danger to the public if released. Dying men with deeply-held grudges can't always be trusted, however.