Buddhists and Murder
Not really two things that should go together. However, given the sad world that we live in I started out the day in Acocks Green. Sadly one of my constituents was murdered on Thursday night.
I started the day talking to local residents about this and liaising with the police about the matter.
My original plan had been to start with a visit to the Buddhists, but I felt it was important that I went to Acocks Green first. I then visited the buddhist temple.
The buddhists had done well with the supreme patriarchs of Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany visiting Birmingham. Sadly the UK's supreme patriarch was too ill to travel.
Later in the day I am to review the issue of mental health and deaths in custody.
We have developed a criminal justice system that has a large number of problems. The problems range from inappropriate mechanisms for handling mental illness through to a cautions/final warnings system that encourages crime. In the mean time, however, the Prime Minister comes out with a simplistic proposal about the standard of proof that seems to indicate that he has little knowledge about how the system actually works.