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Published on June 22nd, 2011 | by Lara Cronshaw
Image © Unsurprising reports this morning confirm the latest change of heart from our ‘listening’ government. The justice secretary Kenneth Clarkes controversial reforms on prison sentences are to be abandoned. Following his day of media furore last month, triggered by an interview with Victoria Derbyshire on radio 5 live, there had been nothing but negativity towards these plans from those in the in the governing party, the media and the general public alike, needless to say, the right decision has been made. Cameron is said to have forced Clarke to withdraw all of his plans for the intended sentence discounts, despite speculation he could introduce the increase some plea bargaining for those deemed to be lesser offences. ‘Cameron has decided that any reduction in sentences in return for early guilty pleas would undermine his broader commitment to bring sense to sentencing.’ This emerges fresh from comments made by Cameron in which he claimed his policies are being watered down by his counterpart Clegg and the Lib Dems, in a recent radio interview Cameron claimed the coalition is ‘stopping him being as tough as he wants to be. After last week’s embarrassment at PMQ’s, the widely publicized NHS U-turns, the potential uprising of our national unions and now the addition of this clumsy climb down, it’s not looking like June has been the best month for the man, or should I say the men in power... then again, what’s new?

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Sentencing Reforms – Sensibly Shelved

Unsurprising reports this morning confirm the latest change of heart from our ‘listening’ government. The justice secretary Kenneth Clarkes controversial reforms on prison sentences are to be abandoned. Following his day of media furore last month, triggered by an interview with Victoria Derbyshire on radio 5 live, there had been nothing but negativity towards these plans from those in the in the governing party, the media and the general public alike, needless to say, the right decision has been made.

Cameron is said to have forced Clarke to withdraw all of his plans for the intended sentence discounts, despite speculation he could introduce the increase some plea bargaining for those deemed to be lesser offences. ‘Cameron has decided that any reduction in sentences in return for early guilty pleas would undermine his broader commitment to bring sense to sentencing.’

This emerges fresh from comments made by Cameron in which he claimed his policies are being watered down by his counterpart Clegg and the Lib Dems, in a recent radio interview Cameron claimed the coalition is ‘stopping him being as tough as he wants to be.

After last week’s embarrassment at PMQ’s, the widely publicized NHS U-turns, the potential uprising of our national unions and now the addition of this clumsy climb down, it’s not looking like June has been the best month for the man, or should I say the men in power… then again, what’s new?

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