I notice in the article it says:"The Conservatives pledged to introduce such a scheme in their pre-election manifesto"
Wouldn't it be nice if once a party had pledged something that they then had
to implement it. Save all this promising the moon and then doing just what the other lot would have done......
In their manifesto, the Conservatives also said that they would double sentencing powers for Magistrates' Courts and make possession of a knife without lawful excuse an offence which carried an assumption a custodial sentence.
After the lord mayor's show... That lunatic Clarke is selling off prisons like a fire sale, forcing the Sentencing Guidelines Council into such ludicrous guidelines that not even High Court Judges can make sense of them, never mind the lower Courts and knife crime? Well, so much for pre election rhetoric.
It becomes clearer by the day that the post election coalition was nothing more than an undignified scramble for power, however short the term might be, and devil take the hindmost.