The Big Question?

Was the Home Office right to change its mind about introducing a form of Megan’s Law here?

Len Smith – Gypsy activist
Even the watered-down version of Megan’s Law originally proposed for the UK is so riddled with negatives that it should never have been considered. Ranging from causing panic, through drops in property prices to posible vigilante action, if information leaked out, the “law” would convey little, if any, benefit to a community.

Jaya Kathrecha – Carer
We seem to go along with what happens in America, yet with paedophiles we fall back on human rights. The government should have introduced Megan’s Law here. I’m not prejudiced against anyone, but we have to draw a clear line against sexual deviants who attack children. There should also be stronger penalties for vigilantes.

Eve Rank – Inspired Services
The Home Office doesn’t know its arse from its elbow. While I think Megan’s Law may have some use in letting people know there are paedophiles in the area, we must remember that paedophiles can be everywhere. Most abuse happens in families and I can see many abusers forming vigilante groups and going on witch-hunts for easy targets.

Karen Shook – Disability equality adviser
I don’t see the gain in parents being told that there are paedophiles in the area and not being given any details. What’s the point in that – other than to make parents suspicious of everyone? However, publishing details of offenders would not be appropriate. This would lead to mob rule, vigilantes and cases of mistaken identity.




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