Some well deserved ridicule for current trends in crime legislation from Polly Toynbee in the Guardian:
Governments are running out of headline-grabbing tough measures, so Cameron’s team re-announced old ploys and decoys. “Two strikes and you’re out” was already passed in the recent Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Act. Life sentences for gun-runners was announced months ago. Payment by results to private companies to cut re-offending was another re-announcement, but now it gives probation everywhere to G4S, A4e, Serco and the like, without waiting for the results of pilots. Cameron’s spinners planted on the Mail on Sunday’s front page a plan to abolish the meagre £46 prisoners get on release. Who thinks it a good idea to send them out without the price of a sandwich or a ticket home, if they have one? But that was just a dog-whistle which mysteriously vanished from Cameron’s speech.