A campaign to pardon nearly 50,000 men convicted under a 19th-century law for homosexual activity is being delayed amid concerns in Whitehall that a small number of paedophiles could be included.
The problem being that under the old law no distinction wsa made, as we would now, between over 16s and under 16s. Ang given the current paedo craze, well, umm…..
However, there’s something quite different here. The argument being put forward is that as these men did nothing morally wrong under current law therefore they should be pardoned. Well, test that assertion how you like.
But doesn’t that mean that anyone at all convicted under a law that we no longer have deserves a pardon? We no longer have conscription thus all who avoided or evaded deserve a pardon? We no longer have Schedule A (is that the right phrase for income tax on the imputed rental value of an owned home?) so those convicted for evading it get a pardon?
Where does one stop with this?