I agree. I for one think it's absolutely terrible that, if, just picking an example at random, someone who helps someone else with their plan to have a journalist beaten up would (if they are not too posh to be prosecuted) only get 4 or 5 years in prison for conspiracy to commit GBH. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-having-beaten-says-Tory-runner-unfit-PM.html Anyway, here is the ridiculous pie-in-the-sky dog-whistle story. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/pol...hments-will-truly-fit-the-crime-a4210916.html Apparently £2.5bn is going to be spent on 10,000 new prison places (edit: I mistakenly originally said “100,000”). I would love to know how the fantasy numbers they are bandying around in order to gear up for an election that BoJo claims he isn't going to call fit in with much the same announcement in 2016 when 10,000 new places were promised by 2020, which has recently been adjusted down to 3000 new places by 2023. I would also love to know how this dovetails with the policing crisis in this country caused by the loss of approx 20,000 officers since 2010 (something like 18% of strength), meaning that hardly anybody gets arrested anymore unless they are either caught red-handed by one of the few remaining boys in blue or they can solve the crime with a CCTV camera (preferably one which fines you automatically for some minor infraction). Violent crime is up, Arrests are down, The CPS don't charge anywhere near as many suspects as they used to (because they don't have the personpower to prosecute the cases), The offences that they do charge are often downgraded to lesser offences which, surprise surprise, also carry lesser sentences - again to save money, and preferably, if at all possible, to ensure the case is "summary only" (so it can only be heard in the Mags which massively reduces costs and massively increases conviction rates but usually results in a non-custodial sentence), The cases they do prosecute are often woefully prepared meaning that cases are not trial ready and so the trial is either adjourned (with the result that pissed off witnesses often won't turn up for the rematch) or in more than a few cases the trial collapses or the judge intervenes and stops it to prevent a miscarriage of justice, That is, if the case can find a court, many of which now lie idle because the government won't invest in the required number of judges and/or won't pay for barristers to sit as part-time judges known as Recorders, which traditionally has been a flexible way of upping judicial capacity without long term commitment. All of which has resulted in something like a 50% reduction in prosecutions over the last 8 years and now only around of 8% of reported crimes result in a charge being laid. So, where are all these criminals who are in line for a whack with the big Tory lawrunorder stick going to come from because the police can't catch them, but even if they do, the CPS can't prosecute them and the courts can't try them? Also, does the government realise that judges don't just hand down so-called "soft" sentences because they're bleeding heart libtards who've been gulled by a sob story. Sentencing for most offences are fairly strictly mandated by the Consolidated Sentencing Guidelines which are drafted by the Sentencing Council, which was in turn set up under a Conservative Government and their Ministry of Justice and whoever was having a go at being the Lord Chancellor that week..... Rant over (for now).