The referendum debate: safer in or out?

The referendum debate: safer in or out?

On Sunday, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, opened up a new flank in the ‘Brexit’ argument: that staying in the European Union (EU) would leave us vulnerable to Paris-style terrorist attacks. This followed several days of briefing from Number Ten...
And the fact of the matter is…

And the fact of the matter is…

Earlier this month the New York Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, announced that his officers were going to stop people sleeping on the city’s subway system. Not rough sleeping, just sleeping – tired shift workers, exhausted parents dozing on the way home etc. It was...
HMP Spin

HMP Spin

Devising a ‘handling strategy’, particularly for a prime ministerial announcement is a test of anyone’s mettle. It stretches relations between journalist and adviser, and calls for a large amount of trust and a certain amount of luck. Like a complicated dessert...
A 20 year sentence – policy behind Cameron’s prison speech

A 20 year sentence – policy behind Cameron’s prison speech

Monday’s speech on prisons by David Cameron is a significant event in and of itself coming as it does two decades on from the last time a Prime Minister gave an address on this subject. Ever since a young Tony Blair tore into Ken Clarke for being ‘soft’ on crime, the...