If we impose yet more draconian prison sentences to win a political arms race, the burdens on the taxpayer will become unsustainable.
When his family fell on hard times, education made the difference. Were there to be a vacancy in that department, he would be an obvious candidate.
The Brexit deal bounce in our final survey of last year has left little room for a vaccine bounce in the first survey of this one.
Johnson is up to ninth from fifth from bottom, Gove jumps up to near the top quarter, Hancock is clearer from the relegation zone – and Truss stays top.
Wallace is well up, Gove down, and Patel much the same in the wake of that bullying report – and Johnson and Hancock just outside negative ratings.
All in all, it’s much of a muchness – with Douglas Ross down by about 25 points, now that his Party Conference coverage has faded.
Six members of Cabinet, more than 70 speakers, in 18 events, over three days, makes for over 22 hours of top-flight political insight and debate.
It’s a rotten springboard from which to vault into Party Conference as it begins today. But what goes down may go back up.
The Justice Secretary and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury lead our cast of ministers, MPs, and experts for Day One.
It’s speeches for Sunak, Patel and Raab; interviews in different formats for Gove, Hancock and others; while others still are relegated to panels…
Research has found that offenders visited in prison by their family were less likely to reoffend within a year of release than those who were not.
The Justice Secretary is challenged over Boris Johnson’s proposal to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement to protect the British internal market.
“This is something that a responsible government does in order to prepare for the worst. But can I reiterate our steely determination to get a deal.”
Plus: Deteriorating broadsheet standards, a divided United Kingdom. And: nineteen years on from 9/11.
Johnson and Cummings’ previous assaults on the pre-Brexit order have been brilliantly conceived. This one may not be up to the same standard.