Sunday, June 25, 2006

New Labour - Tabloid Slaves

As expected, the Sunday papers were full of His Toniness' and Bruiser Reid's latest lectures on the inadequacies of 'The Criminal Justice System'. Most highlight the absurdity of it all (see for example the Telegraph, Times & Guardian), so I won't labour their well made points.

Suffice to say that after nine + years of responsibility for the whole shebang, 40+ new pieces of criminal justice legislation and over 700 new criminal offenses, "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" is wearing just a little bit thin.

What sticks in my mind most about this latest bout of pious outrage though, is a widely reported phrase used in his Bristol speech on Friday. It was: "Tony blair has accused the political and Legal Establishments of being in denial about the state of the criminal justice system". See here, here, and here for a report selection

So, just WHO does he think has been at the head of the 'Political and Legal Establishments' these past nine years I wonder, if not himself and his old flatmate Charlie Falconer?

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