“ The decline of responsibility and the proliferation of rights have left us in an ethical quagmire, which is undermining our fight against crime.”
“ [The police] cannot police our streets if they have one hand tied behind their back”
Michael Howard - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3551318.stm
I don't think I've heard a mainstream politician say anything quite so scary.
“ And finally we have failed to invest in new prison capacity, thereby constraining the ability of our courts to send persistent, serious and dangerous criminals to prison.”
England & Wales already
have the highest per-capita prison population in the EU ¹. If its not helping now, obviously the right thing is to do more of it? If we keep putting more people in gaol, maybe we can make the UK as crime-free as the US? (Though you can't accuse Michael "Prison Works" Howard of being inconsistent on his views here.)
A little googling suggests I'm out of date and this stopped being true a few months ago when a bunch of new countries joined the EU.