Law and order


Minimum pricing, maximum controversy

15 February 2012 9:00

Just because there’s no PMQs today, it doesn’t mean you won’t hear from David Cameron. The Prime Minister is readying his anti-booze cruise once again, and taking it on tour… Continue reading


Taking the ‘cat-flap’ seriously

4 October 2011 18:34

              Today’s ‘cat-flap’ between Ken Clarke and Theresa May exposes one of the largest divides in the Conservative party today. May, along with most Tory… Continue reading


The Tory split over the ECHR

4 October 2011 13:43

Ken Clarke is speaking at a Daily Telegraph fringe event and he was quick to play a few of his favourite European games in response to Theresa May’s assault on the… Continue reading


Good Boris

4 October 2011 13:02

Boris Johnson must be one of the very few politicians in the world to make the audience laugh before they even start their speech. Just by walking on stage, he… Continue reading


Gearing up for the Tories

29 September 2011 18:27

Westminster is preparing for the Tory conference and Ben Brogan reports that a confident mood pervades the blue camp. The positive briefings have begun. The Guardian reveals that the speed… Continue reading


Labour wants to be the party of law and order

27 September 2011 11:33

Andy Coulson was right to worry about the coalition’s law and order policies: Labour is trying to outflank the government from the right. Sadiq Khan and Yvette Cooper have cut… Continue reading


Ed’s “something for something" society

27 September 2011 7:00

Fraser’s already commented on the welfare angle of Ed Miliband’s keynote speech to the Labour party; the welfare proposals are part of a broad analytical sweep that can be reduced… Continue reading


Hard Labour

24 September 2011 13:07

The sense of unreality that hangs over party conference seems particularly heightened this year. As events outside roll on at a dramatic pace, the conferences try to proceed as normal.… Continue reading


Residents of Dale Farm win injunction

19 September 2011 17:33

The residents of Dale Farm have been granted a last gasp reprieve by the High Court. The BBC reports: ‘Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart granted the injunction at London’s High Court on… Continue reading


What the riots mean for Ken Clarke

15 September 2011 14:51

The more we learn about the riots, the more it is becoming clear that experienced criminals were responsible for a lot of the looting. The Standard reports today that in… Continue reading


Cameron: I’m a common sense Conservative

2 September 2011 9:35

David Cameron weathered an awkward interview on the Today programme earlier this morning, in which the Strategic Defence Review was savaged and the recent riots were compared to the Bullingdon Club,… Continue reading


Miliband re-opens campaign with same old weapons

30 August 2011 16:53

Party politics is back from the summer and the summer’s events are defining the strategic dividing lines. Ed Miliband reopened hostilities by threatening to force a vote on police cuts.… Continue reading


The danger of disproportionate sentences

26 August 2011 20:02

It’s great that hundreds of looters are being punished properly, and the police are to be congratulated for working hard to find the thugs responsible for damage during the riots.… Continue reading


Clegg paints the world yellow

26 August 2011 9:10

Nick Clegg laughed-off the dousing of blue paint he received in Glasgow yesterday, like one of Noel Edmonds’ unwitting victims. Today, Clegg has turned into the grinning douser: drenching his… Continue reading


Cameron needs to take this opportunity

24 August 2011 16:34

Libya has elbowed the riots off the front page. But, in the medium-term, how Cameron responds to them remains one of the big tests of his premiership. In the Evening… Continue reading


The riots, Whitehall and universality

24 August 2011 11:30

Away from the excitement of Libya and Colonel Gaddafi’s singular definition of ‘tactical retreat’, the post-riots debate continues. The government has announced that unemployed offenders will have to work a minimum… Continue reading


An encouraging start for the new Libya

22 August 2011 14:28

The press conference by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, was encouraging. Jalil stressed that he wished Libya to be a country governed by the rule… Continue reading


Human rights wrangle

21 August 2011 14:44

A set-to has broken out this morning over the Human Rights Act. David Cameron has declared that he is going to fight the Human Rights Act and its interpretation. Cameron… Continue reading


Cameron: Governments should provide enough prison places to satisfy the courts

19 August 2011 16:37

The row over sentencing rioters has morphed into a row about prison numbers and safety. Cathy Newman has been issuing a steady stream of tweets all afternoon, revealing that the… Continue reading


Riot sentencing row brews

17 August 2011 11:07

David Cameron promised that looters would feel the full force of the law. Courts have been sitting round the clock holding defendants on remand and issuing stern sentences. This is causing… Continue reading


Cameron’s missed opportunity

16 August 2011 11:31

As David noted earlier, the big headline in Nick Clegg’s speech this morning is that the government will hold some kind of inquiry into the riots after all. This climb… Continue reading


Clegg joins the jamboree

16 August 2011 9:07

Cometh the hour, cometh Nick Clegg. The Independent reports that the Deputy Prime Minister is to announce that first-time offenders convicted of looting but not given custodial sentences will be… Continue reading


“Zero tolerance”

14 August 2011 18:00

The law and order debate has come full circle: the coalition is going to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. David Cameron’s promise that crime… Continue reading


From the archives: the Bill Bratton edition

14 August 2011 13:48

As James Forsyth says today, No10 wants Bill Bratton to not just take charge of the Met but start a revolution in policing. A ‘Stop Bratton’ campaign has duly begun… Continue reading


Boris’ long-game strategy

13 August 2011 17:36

Has the sheen come off BoJo? The question is echoing around some virtual corridors in Westminster this weekend. The Mayor of London was caught off guard by the recent riots… Continue reading