Alternative sentences 1) work better, 2) are cheaper and 3) are less popular with the ignorant and with people who are more interested in revenge than deterrence or rehabilitation. Care to guess whether 3 will trump 1 & 2?.
Officials cave to media pressure, afraid to face the cameras and say "We don't know." Their lack of fortitude (or lack of training in how to handle the media) has impoverished thousands of farmers needlessly.
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.