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 — he allowed a man convicted of killing five people… Continue reading


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 not official, but he will arrive for duty in the… Continue reading


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 in a post, rather than the comments. 1) Why rush… Continue reading


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 first lesson he should learn is the value of an… Continue reading


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 a second straight night. “I finished at five,” said my… Continue reading


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 not about poverty, it’s about culture. A culture that glorifies… Continue reading


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 certainty. This may have made some observers squirm, but others… Continue reading


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 estates and, while we were no angels, we certainly couldn’t… Continue reading


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 to atone during the Olympics. Security forces have been making… Continue reading


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 and liberal elements of Ken Clarke’s proposals and vowed that… Continue reading


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 agenda.  Recent political attention has focused on changes to police… Continue reading


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, after which the controversial sentencing review was dropped: there will… Continue reading


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 on crime. So it won’t welcome today’s Daily Mail splash… Continue reading


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 understated. Today’s story in the Daily Mail about how a… Continue reading


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 sufficient command of his brief to redirect Victoria Derbyshire’s line… Continue reading


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 yesterday’s now infamous BBC interview, he was simply attempting to… Continue reading


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 to lunch with various Sun executives and rather than talking… Continue reading


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 told me, ‘they [Cameron and Osborne] just can’t wait to… Continue reading


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 dismissive attitude to the victims of crime and Downing… Continue reading


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’, there’s little doubting that the Justice Secretary has just stumbled… Continue reading


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 planning to give a speech on the subject that will,… Continue reading


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 not going to resign for whatever it is that he… Continue reading


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 condoms to fight AIDS; second, Labour has vowed to change… Continue reading