Howard to scrap early release jail schemes

Michael Howard has unveiled plans to abolish Labour's early release prison schemes, raising the prospect of an extra 14,000 criminals being put in prison under a Tory government.

The Tory leader's pledge heralds the latest battle over law and order between the Conservatives and Labour in the run up to the general election, which is expected in May.

Mr Howard accused Tony Blair of leading Britain into a "moral quagmire" by blurring the distinction between right and wrong with schemes that allowed criminals to serve only half their sentences.

He said the Tories would abolish the rules with criminals being made to serve minimum sentences laid down by the courts.
How long until labour come out with a watered down version of this policy? :roll:
Du, you aint a cynic are you?

Come join me at cynic HQ and watch as the fat gas bag Charles Clarke sputters out some hastily prepared version of the tory plans :twisted:
Neue Arbeit bait-and-switch coming in 3...2...1....
I doubt it will take till Wednesday.

shock this morning was waking to Radio 5 and Claire Short going on about Tony's "new" idea on tackling Immigration. the Beeb was laping it up.

And what was the Beeb's reaction last week when the tories mentioned it first - racist, unworkable, reactionary, appealing to the BNP vote!

as per the last two elections, the BBC has already made its bed in the Neue Arbeit house. (well, semi-detached townhouse in Islington)
as per the last two elections, the BBC has already made its bed in the Neue Arbeit house. (well, semi-detached townhouse in Islington)
I think the BBC reporting/bias , or rather how it appears , seems to be at the whim of the duty editor. I've seen some definite 'Greg Dyke pockets of resistance' reporting. Maybe one of our BBC lurkers can comment (off the record of course) :D

Of far greater concern to me, is the ITN (No you're not) reporting. I am definitely seeing a trend towards 'bigging up dA LaBies' . The initial reporting of the Paras had me screaming at the set. Sensationalist, stories cobbled together, Falklands dropped in. Not reporting but smearing.

Watch ITN's coverage closely. The BBC reporting at least sometimes displays some free thought.

Until Paxo and Urban are assimilated of course, Esler went over to the dark side a long time ago.

The political reporter , whose name I can't bring myself to mention , never left it of course.
PTP, your correct on this one!

There are a few distinct sections of the Beeb that are distinctly no partisan and do produce some of the best reporting in the world (and are respected world wide) but there are also the crawling media editor types who love to suck up to the champagne socialists.

As for the para allegations, they might as well have just said GUILTY! :roll:

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