The Chancellor's approach to prisons — like his scepticism about ID cards — is driven as much about money as ideology. He hates the idea of spending the equivalent of the cost of a night at the Ritz on somebody who has done wrong. But those who know him say his instincts are also more liberal than Tony Blair's. While the Prime Minister said that the "rules of the game" had changed following September 11, his successor called at his campaign launch for the "hard-won liberties of the individual" to be upheld despite the terrorist threat.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A liberal PM?
Rachel Sylvester thinks that Gordon Brown will be a quietly liberal Prime Minister: