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Restore CSS Justice!

Restore Justice is a fairly odious campaign to distract popular attention from the numerous failings of the coalition government obtain a parliamentary vote on the possible restoration of the death penalty in the UK. It has a website at http://www.restorejustice.org.uk, which looks like this:

So. Quite apart from crimes against Photoshop and dubious politics (and the total absence of information on who’s behind it, and the lack of a charity number, and the soliciting of donations..), doesn’t the website look familiar? Here’s the website of the charity Reprieve UK, which represents the rights of prisoners, today:

Almost identical. Of course, both sites use the popular WordPress blogging engine, so it could be that both are using the same free or paid-for theme – the fact that the two look almost identical doesn’t mean that one has copied code from the other.

But take a moment to check the CSS style sheet on the Restore Justice website:

.. and wait, what’s this? A number of styles even hard-link to images on the Reprieve server. Stay classy, ‘law and order’ campaigners – and the idiots behind this should probably count themselves lucky that Reprieve didn’t get around to doing a bit of clever server-side redirection on those images.

I’m sure we can all agree that what’s needed is a “Restore CSS Justice” campaign, in which web designers found to be using other people’s work have their own styles cut off one by one until their website begins to resemble something shown in Netscape 4.x back in the late ’90s. Anyone care to donate?

2 responses to “Restore CSS Justice!”

  1. Dudley says:

    I must be more cynical than you. My first assumption was it WAS reprieve setting up a fake pro death penalty site that looked crap so they can point to it and go “Look! Idiots!”.

    In any case, it’s not a campaign that would work anyway, MPs can debate it all they like but the death penalty (which was finally actually abolished as late as 1998) is banned by European law. Of course the far right would love any excuse to leave Europe so maybe it works out.

  2. Dudley says:

    Hey it’s a quiet Thursday evening and they have a list of FACTS!

    “Since the abolition of the death penalty in Britain the murder rate has doubled.”

    Ok. Let’s check.

    The most recent UK figure for homicide is 1.17 per 100,000 of the population (2009)
    So, for them to be right, the figure for 1998 needs to be no more than 0.59.

    It was 1.45. (England and Wales figures only from back then)

    Oh dear.

    If we’re really kind to these people and assume they think the death penalty was abolished when it was suspended from us for standard murders then it’s 1965, the rate then? 0.68 in England and Wales.

    Oops.

    Incidentally, if this was true you’d expect the murder rate in the US, our closest match that still practices capital punishment to be vanishingly tiny, or certainly less than our current rate (1.17) if you don’t want to look up.

    So what is the US rate?

    5.0

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