Law and order

Blunt’s flawed rehabilitation programme

13 August 2011 14:19

The decisions of Crispin Blunt, the prisons’ minister, are hard to fathom. One wonders why-as the Daily Mail reports today…

Cameron lands Supercop as police acrimony mounts

13 August 2011 10:54

Internationally renowned policeman Bill Bratton has agreed to advise the government on how to defeat gang culture. Bratton’s role is…

In response to CoffeeHousers

13 August 2011 9:16

CoffeeHousers have been generous in their response to my post on the need for an inquiry. I thought I’d respond…

Why we need a post-riot inquiry

12 August 2011 18:18

Today we learnt that David Cameron is looking at the experience of Los Angeles’ recovery from the 1992 riots. The…

Justice is being done as relations between Downing Street and Sir Hugh Orde sour, again

12 August 2011 9:08

“Busy?” I asked a friend who’s training as a criminal barrister. “You could say that.” Magistrates’ courts have sat through…

Cameron sets out his stall

11 August 2011 13:27

David Cameron’s statement to the House of Commons was clear about the circumstances that led to these riots. ‘This is…

Coalition united in restoring law, order and property

11 August 2011 9:07

David Cameron’s convictions are best expressed in anger. Cameron exuded an air of the patrician yesterday with his righteous moral…

When the underbelly roars

9 August 2011 18:42

When the first riots hit Brixton, I was 12 years old. My mates and I came from south London council…

Policing the Olympics

17 July 2011 9:35

The reputation of the police may be as black as mud at the moment, but the Met has a chance…

Clarke’s bill still not tough enough for the Right

26 June 2011 15:56

David Cameron made a great show on Tuesday of pledging to be tough on crime. He bowdlerised the most contentious…

Policing the local and the national

8 June 2011 13:34

Today’s announcement on a proposed new National Crime Agency (NCA) is a key element in the government’s ambitious police reform…

Cameron stamps on Clarke

8 June 2011 9:12

Ken Clarke was summoned to Downing Street yesterday, the BBC reports. He spoke to David Cameron for half an hour,…

Clarke’s crimes

1 June 2011 11:27

One of the Conservative leadership’s worries at the moment is that the party is losing its reputation for being tough…

You couldn’t make it up: Crook freed from jail to look after his five kids

28 May 2011 10:09

Sometimes I wonder if the judiciary and the human rights culture are just trying to make Richard Littlejohn’s columns look…

What Ken Clarke should have said

19 May 2011 18:04

The Ken Clarke media storm continues. But, talk to lawyers and they complain that the Justice Secretary did not have…

What has Ken done wrong?

19 May 2011 16:52

What has Ken Clarke done wrong — other than commit the political sin of making a media gaffe? Nothing. In…

Clarke for the high-jump

19 May 2011 12:44

Dominic Grieve’s fate as shadow Home Secretary was sealed by a lunch at News International headquarters in Wapping. Grieve went…

Cameroons livid with Ken

18 May 2011 15:57

It is hard to overstate the fury with Ken Clarke in the Cameroon circle today. One well-informed Tory source just…

Is Clarke’s fate sealed?

18 May 2011 13:21

Ken Clarke is in the middle of a media firestorm following his comments on rape. The remarks were typical of…

Clarke’s calamity

18 May 2011 11:51

Has Ken Clarke just signed his own political death certificate? Whether you agree with his liberal sentencing reforms or no’,…

The Lords punish Cameron over policing

12 May 2011 10:10

In Number 10, they are already concerned that they are losing public support on crime and punishment. David Cameron is…

Coulson to stay

23 November 2010 12:25

The indefatigable Paul Waugh reports that Andy Coulson plans to break Tom Watson’s delicate heart: the government’s communications director is…

Labour’s terror u-turn doesn’t lessen its authoritarianism

21 November 2010 10:46

It is a day for about turns. First, the Pope has taken a historic decision to approve the use of…