3.14 wrote:You make it sound like a good idea for the poor.
From an economist's point of view it is. Not, of course, for those 'poor' who are desperately seeking to improve their lot, but for the percentage of those who are committed to living off welfare and petty crime, and they do exist in significant numbers, it's pretty good. The very first warrant I served for non payment of a fine was for not having a TV licence. All new and shiny I was embarking on an explanation of how the man could borrow some money form friends, instead of listening he said, in a friendly fashion, pausing to pick up his coat, "Phuq off, why do I want to do that? I'll go and spend a few weeks inside, my bird gets an increase in benefits and doesn't have to feed me, and that's that." The easiest warrant I ever served and an education in how some people live.