In an article written for the Telegraph, John Reid has tried to paint David Cameron as soft on crime and boasts about his own record. Clearly setting out the battle lines for a leadership bid!
Go for it John, it takes a huge degree of self delusion for anyone in the current Home Office to boast about their record and you will need plenty of it to lead Labour into the next General Election.
He boasts about how many people there are in prison and how long they are serving, he seems not to understand that overflowing prisons are a sign of increased crime and a failure of planning. He pays lip service to tackling the causes of crime but he clearly hasn’t got a real plan for this side of the equation.
David Cameron is not advocating a hippy love in as a solution to youth crime, what he is saying is that the vast majority of young people are good and many of the young offenders just need focus, guidance and structure. It is a bit rich for the Home Secretary to point the finger at the Leader of the opposition when it has been his Government’s undermining of teacher’s authority, parent’s authority and police authority which has fueled much of the increase in youth crime.
Rather like a playground bully, Reid’s posturing and barking may hide a deep lack of self confidence.
Do you think he got enough hugs as a child?