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Labour: Wrong On Crime Wrong On The Causes Of Crime
by Ian R Thorpe.

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Tony Blair's mantra “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” cemented itself in the public consciousness very deeply more because of the Labour governments obsession with criminals rights that because of anything they did towards actually tackling crime and its causes.

Miliband Admits Labour Got It Wrong On Crime

by Xavier Conolly.
2011-03-08
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KEYWORDS: crime, criminal, offender, prison, law, punishment, police, thought, labour, blair, crackdown, home, office, lifestyle, rights, victims

Tony Blair's mantra “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” cemented itself in the public consciousness very deeply more because of the Labour governments obsession with criminals rights that because of anything they did towards actually tackling crime and its causes. Releasing Labour's Politically Correct Thought Police from Blair's attempt to hoodwink the middle class was something that had to be done if the party was ever to have any credibility on law and order. Ed Miliband who is turning out to be a more politically astute leader than many of us expected has set about tackling the problem of Labour's perceived preference for perpetrators rather than victims.

In a speech last night, Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, admitted that Labour was wrong to “play tough” on crime, sending many people to prison for trivial offences, instead of tackling rocketing rates of reoffending. The party should, he argued, “be striving for a lower prison population”. throwing people in jail was meant to give the impression that Blair's government were actually being tough on criminals but the prison regime was so soft prisons were not so much a punishment as a privilege.

Once inside, prisoners - many of whom were mentally ill rather than criminally inclined - enjoyed a better lifestyle than they had when free. Added to that many young criminals found an opportunity to hone their criminal skills under the guidance of old lags.

Mr Khan’s bleak assessment of his party’s role in allowing the prison population to rise to 85,000 is not only the renunciation of an of one of the New Labour dogmas. It is also a slap in the face to Labour’s hard line former the Home Secretaries; John Reid, David Blunkett and Jack Straw. These three will find their political legacy is undermined by Mr Khan’s implicit condemnation of their tenure.

One can only guess at the reaction of Tony Blair, who appeared to be obsessed with crackdowns, ordering new crackdowns on drugs, crime, anti social behaviour, binge drinking, dysfunctional families and all sorts of other problems that are notoriously difficult to police buy easy to talk about. Crackdown Compulsive Disorder complex led Blair to include six Home Office Bills in the 2004 Queen’s Speech.

The former prime minister has said in interviews that “dysfunctional families" who produce 14-year-old kids stabbing one another to death” were “making people’s lives hell”. Britain, he said, could learn from developing countries which “just don’t accept” criminality. Far from informing us which nations could supply a useful template for British justice (Saudi Arabia? Iran? Uganda?), Mr Blair simply repeats his incantation about being tough on the causes of crime.

Mr Khan’s speech, hosted by the Fabian Society and the Prison Reform Trust and staged with little fanfare, was not a wholesale renunciation of Labour’s record but it does show Mr Miliband intends that under his leadership there will be a break from the New Labour Politically Correct orthodoxy. That is a sign that the Labour leaders is listening to Labour voters in the industrial heartlands rather than Guardian writers who live in the most expensive suburbs of north and west London and gain more of theory income from family trusts that from their day job.

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