Michael Gove

Michael Gove could and should end this tax on justice

The speech that the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, gave to last week’s Conservative annual conference was extraordinary, considering the setting. It is not many years since representatives habitually barracked and jeered any speaker who thought that there were ways to deal with offenders other than locking them up and throwing away the key. Mr Gove succeeded in putting forward a humane argument about the treatment of criminals, which included acknowledging that the majority are drawn from disturbed or disadvantaged social backgrounds, and the importance of allowing an offender a second chance.

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