Jails crammed almost beyond capacity plus the rule of law itself are being tested to near breaking point by a Home Secretary who, through populism or disregard for the legal process, is trampling on his own necessary dreams. That is the Charles Clarke paradox. Would his most rabid Tory predecessor have floated last week's measures? Michael Howard would not have dared.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Even Howard would blush at these reforms
Mary Riddell finds Charles Clarke's latest cobbled-together assaults on the law hard to believe: