The International Day of Peace. The International Day of Happiness, of Malaria, of the Full Moon. Even World Statistics Day. But as far as I know, there is still no International Day of the Delinquent.
This may sound flippant, but it falls into line with the American National Gun Association and its claim that the weapons industry employs thousands of workers. Or that the tobacco firms also help sustain not only jobs, but State Finances through the amount of taxes paid.
Thieves, murderers, embezzlers, fraudsters and infringers of the law in general give employment to thousands upon thousands of workers. The Police Force is the first to spring to mind, but we should not forget the prison system and its service industries. Nor the lawyers and judges and social workers needed to redirect these dysfunctional criminals.
Wrongdoers are indeed an essential part of the fabric of any prosperous nation. Without the corrupt there would be no need for investigative journalists. Without financial engineering endless hours of judicial scrutiny would become unnecessary. Without international skullduggery the innumerable and well paid watchdog committees would soon be twiddling their thumbs.
So an International day for Miscreants, Felons and Malefactors is something worth campaigning for. After all, it is in the government’s interest, isn’t it?