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More police, more prosecutions, more punishment

To 1945, 1979 and 1997 might be added 2019: a pivotal General Election with the potential to reshape policy and politics in the UK for a generation.

By 
Richard Garside
18 December 2019
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Tough talk costs lives

Michael Gove is the latest politician to accept that we lock up too many people in prison.

'It is an inconvenient truth – which I swerved to an extent while in office – that we send too...

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Richard Garside
24 November 2016
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David Cameron pressed on 40,000 preventable deaths

At Prime Minister's Questions today, David Cameron was pressed on why he and London Mayor Boris Johnson have been lobbying the EU to weaken plans to reduce air pollution and improve air quality. The question came from Labour MP Geraint Davies. 

Mr Davies said:

'The

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20 April 2016
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Cameron's reforms: Asset stripping and privatisation?

The Centre's Deputy Director, Will McMahon, and Senior Policy Associate, Rebecca Roberts, have warned that David Cameron's recent speech on prison reform signals a move towards the expansion and privatisation of criminal justice, rather than a serious attempt to address the problems in the...

22 February 2016
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Criminal justice 'transformation': a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Following last week’s Conservative party conference a number of commentators expressed optimism about the tone and emphasis placed by David Cameron and Michael Gove on the need for ‘transformation’.