Johnson’s cynical ‘tough on crime’ talk shows the depth of his incivility | Simon Jenkins

Politics The Guardian

His ‘aggressive’ new approach isn’t just hollow, it shows how willing he is to descend into rightwing populism The thesis that Boris Johnson is a liberal in Tory clothing is shot to ribbons. His latest proposals on crime, leaked by a “Whitehall source”, are a shameless lurch to the wilder shores of rightwing populism. In next month’s Queen’s speech, he will apparently “get tough” on crime by increasing the severity of sentences . He wants “life to mean life” for child murderers, together with more prison places, simpler stop-and-search and less early release. His source says “most people think …

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