By contrast, Michael Howard is prepared to commit his party to building 12 new prisons at a cost of pounds 1.2bn. This is on top of the extra pounds 435m that his proposals for stiffer sentencing will eventually require in spending every year ("Prison of the Tories' making", 7 April).
Mr Blair should take a lesson from the Conservatives, and be prepared to spend money where necessary. After all, a MORI poll elsewhere in your pages reports that by a margin of six to one, people think that public services should be under public control.
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