The coalition government is going sensible on crime.
First they start going on about reducing prison sentences, which is sensible, seeing as:
(a) Prison is extremely expensive;
(b) Prisons are hugely overcrowded, yet building more prisons would be massively expensive;
(c) Overcrowded prisons are even more expensive, because inmates serving indeterminate sentences cannot get places on risk-reducing courses and so their risk cannot be reduced, meaning they do not get released on parole and are kept in prison for longer; and
(d) Prison generally does not, contrary to what Mr Howard suggested, work. Unless by "work", you mean "serve to squander public money at the expense of any real benefit to society".
Next, the coalition government announced plans to use restorative justice more widely. Which is sensible because:
(a) it is popular with victims of crime, as they feel more involved in the process;
(b) it aims to reintegrate offenders into the community, meaning they are less likely to reoffend in the future;
(c) when used as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process, it can avoid criminalising people, which is especially important for young offenders.
And today, Theresa May has been talking about abolishing the affront to logic which is the ASBO. Bloody well sensible again!
If things carry on like this, I'm going to be left with nothing to rant about.
I never thought I'd miss Alan Johnson.