Bildt’s post came the day after Dorte Toft asked if Denmark is turning into an IT-backwater.
Berlingske Tidende would never be caught promoting populism or vigilantism, but…
And as always, it’s what comes after the but that is the important bit.
In this case the paper complains that Danish courts do not automatically hand out maximum sentences to those
people morons who have killed or seriously wounded other people after reckless driving.
For a number of reasons, I have very little sympathy for those
people idiots who drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or just plain stupidity, but in this case, Berlingske’s editorial writer confuses two issues. The editorial complains about the courts’ lack of arguments for not using the maximum sentences, but makes no references to a) bad verdicts or b) problems with access to the arguments behind verdicts.
If Berlingske Tidende thinks that access to verdicts is too restricted or expensive, it should say so: This has been an issue of debate. But you don’t have to be a discourse analyst to see that the paper really does is to call for automatic maximum sentences in the editorial. It’s just that this would make to paper to look uncomfortably close to the Danish People’s Party.
PS: Marie Demker has a post about the development of Swedish penal policies. Her argument can also be applied to Denmark