The prospects that Mr Howard opens before us are indeed dazzling. His former prime minister once held out the hope of zero inflation, but he can do better than this. Given his policies, we can hope to see Britain become the first country in the world with negative crime statistics, in which the number of crimes prevented by shutting up more and more people for longer and longer will exceed the number of crimes committed.
True, the actual number of muggings, break-ins, car thefts and the rest of it may continue to increase exponentially, but the crime problem will have been solved to the presumed satisfaction of all thinking people.
A. L. LE QUESNE
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