Saturday 21 May 2011
The Justice Secretary should bow out
Some crimes justify nothing else other than long sentences. Repeated crime justifies nothing other than long jail sentences. That is my view and, I suspect, that of most of my Conservative colleagues. Punishment should be hard, but so should rehabilitation. A Justice Secretary that fundamentally undermines this core principle, doesn't just do us damage as a Government, he undermines the values of the party. If the Conservative Party loses its reputation as THE party of law and order, it will take a long sustained effort to wrestle it back.
I have massive respect for what Ken Clarke achieved as Chancellor, but I am increasingly of the view that in the interests of the Conservative Party he needs to stand down.