Jack Straw has been Labour MP for Blackburn since 1979 and is a former Home Secretary (1997-2001), Foreign Secretary (2001-6), and Lord High Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007-10).
04 July 1995 12:02 AM
For one so involved in public affairs, Anna Coote displays surprising naivety about that distillation of high ideals and gut instinct that should make up any political party's policy. In her polemical essay in yesterday's Independent against Tony Blair's alleged "flirtation with communitarian ideas", she implies that Mr Blair, and the rest of us, decided to "crack the whip on the community" because "we can do little to control interest rates", and that we have "calculated" that a tough line on "crime and the family" could win more plaudits from the media than appeals for understanding, preventive measures and tolerance.
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