Friday, June 23, 2006

Blair's crime policies are like 'sticking plaster on broken leg'

Ian LoaderIan Loader, Professor of Criminology at Oxford University, has criticised the prime minister's “legislative hyperactivity”:

“You seem to take the view that the role of government is to act as an uncritical cipher for public anger and demands viz crime and disorder,” said Professor Loader… He urged the Prime Minister to think hard before deciding that what Britain needed was “another grand statement of government purpose and a further round of headline-grabbing legislation”.

UPDATE: Blair has ignored Loader and gone for yet more "eye-catching initiatives" with which he can be personally associated. Loader said in response: "I think his thesis needs some more evidence to support it. My current position is that it beggars belief."

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