'Learning' from America

Keith Macdonald – famous in Tabloid-land for allegedly fathering 15 children by 14 different mothers – has not been put in prison for his actions. However, in America a similar man – by the name of Howard Veal – has been given a prison sentence, with the judge summing up:

‘You are the poster child for irresponsibility. You’re an insult to every responsible father who sacrifices to provide for their children.

‘Animals procreate, human beings are supposed to nurture their children.’

According to the Daily Mail the judge was so angry with this ‘animal’ that he ‘far exceeded the state guidelines by sentencing Veal to up to four years’. The Daily Mail seems to approve of the judges decision and contrasts it to the obviously woolly-liberal laws here in the UK: ‘America shows Britain how to deal with feckless fathers: Dad of 23 children by 14 women is JAILED for not paying child support‘.

There does seem to be one glaring problem with this: how is putting the father in prison supposed to help the mothers get any child support from Veal? Furthermore, Keith Macdonald has already been vilified for racking up a future bill to be paid by the taxpayer of around ‘£2million’ according to the Daily Mail, so how would they react to the cost of also keeping Macdonald fed and watered in prison for up to 4 years (and lest we forget that prison to the Daily Mail is little more than a holiday camp)? None of this makes any sense at all. I guess the only conclusion that can be made is that the Daily Mail is all for shoving people into prison for costing taxpayers money (even though technically they have broken no laws) and even though doing this will lead to yet more taxpayers money being spent.

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