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By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. The debate over the death penalty is the classic public/political class divide. The public has backed the death penalty ever since it was abolished, while the political class has been against it for decades. Why? It's hard to tell. The paradox within the public/political divide is that in general, […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Calls for the legalisation of drugs in Britain are repetitive. Prohibition has failed! The government must end the War on Drugs! There are liberals in favour of legalisation on the left. There are libertarians in favour of legalisation on the right. Both say Britain (or the West)'s terrifying crackdown […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Last week I went to see the West End production of Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's classic series "Yes, Prime Minister", which has been re-launched and updated for the 21st century. It was very enjoyable, with an excellent perfomance from Robert Daws as Jim Hacker and great timing from […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter This two-minute interview, which was on Radio 4's Today programme this morning, with a group of last night's young looters shows how their decision to go into Manchester and loot was rational and calculated. The first line of defence against crime, the justice system, is not seen as sufficiently […]
If the capital grows, as it has done, so should its boundaries. We cannot stick our head in the sand to the changing needs of our great cities.