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Felix: forms don't function

2 February 2007

It was very good of John Reid to send a letter to judges reminding them that criminals should only go to prison as a last resort. Presumably the rest of his Cabinet colleagues will be doing the same thing in the next few weeks… Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will be sending a letter to all ambassadors reminding them that Paris is the capital of France. Gordon will tell the Treasury that we haven’t joined the euro and Environment Minister David Miliband will get a letter to remind him to watch out if he is walking in the woods because some shock new research has come to light about bears and their habits.

Friday was a hoot in court – guess what everyone majored on in their mitigation. And the pubs and clubs must have been busier than usual with people celebrating their community punishment orders and suspended sentences. Pity the poor Probation Services who are going to have to look after all these extra non-last-resort cases. Poor old Reid; all those shiny policies t...

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