We’re judged not only on what we do and say, but often also on our relationships (or lack thereof!), our hair, our weight, the clothes we wear, and so on.
We spend £251 billion each year on outsourcing and contracting without evidence that this is a good deal for taxpayers.
Plus: why John Bald is wrong to be critical on this site of the Education Select Committee’s report on school exclusions.
He or she should particularly highlight the fact that Labour’s traditional voters are being hurt most by high crime levels.
We must embrace such issues as poverty, families, prisons and young people.
After, say, five years, we will have ample evidence of the social and economic effects. Enough to give legislators the confidence to go the next step – or not.
The Prisons Minister says reducing the numbers incarcerated for under a year “would be good for public safety, good for the individuals and good for the prison system”.
Given that they saved the Party’s bacon, you would expect senior figures to say and do whatever it takes to keep them on side.
His other priorities? Tackling crime, fighting terror and extremism, and dealing with illegal immigration. He is careful to praise Home Office staff.
We need to see where it is, root it out and thus show the leadership that has made Britain respected around the world.
But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
Government research shows that the average person is roughly eleven times more likely to be the victim of cyber-crime than an in-person robbery.
The party that grasps the nettle and frees up the market will reap the political dividend, just as the Liberals did in Canada. Prohibition has failed.
They want to know that their political leaders aren’t racist or judgemental or stuck in a 1950s parody – but they aren’t interested in hearing about these ideas primarily.
It may be useful to ask how the Environment Secretary would handle problems confronting other Cabinet Ministers. Consider the case of knife and gun crime.