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Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Court Collins

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Court Collins

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Court Collins

Politicians of all hues are constantly falling over each other to prove who is "toughest" on crime.

The 'solutions' they propose (internment and the like) are at times extreme - Trumpesque, if you like - but nothing is off the table, especially in the run up to a general election. It's hard to believe, but we've been in a permanent state of emergency since 1939 and we introduce special powers like snuff at a wake.


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