A top Hampshire Judge has rebelled against a Government plea to jail only the country's most serious criminals. Judge Jeremy-Burford QC said his court at Southampton would ignore guidence from John Reid and stated the following : " The legal and constitutional position is clear. A Judge must apply the law, wheather common law, or enacted by Parliament, or as laid down by the superior courts. Judicial independence requires a judge not to be swayed by the Government or a Government minister to influence a judicial decision, whatever the motive. Sentencing is a judicial descision. The communication to judges dated January 23, 2007 from the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and the Attorney General was improper and should never have been sent. This court will have no regard to it." Well done Judge Burford.