I am really sad to report that the House of Lords seems to be drifting further into the unthinking partisanship that Peers often accuse MPs of habitually exhibiting.
Today’s debate on mandatory sentencing for knife crime was characterised by some particularly powerful speeches from all sides of the House. The clear majority of the contributions – not least from eminent lawyers with direct experience of relevant criminal cases and former Ministers who had previous relevant responsibility – was that the clause added in the Commons was seriously defective. Even the Minister responding explained that the Government could not support it in its current form.
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