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 …

Read more »

Related Stories

Britain's double shame: coronavirus deaths and economic collapse | Simon Jenkins

29/05/2020 • 12:13 Politics The Guardian

Boris Johnson flounders under tough questioning about gender equality in government

27/05/2020 • 20:17 UK The Independent

Explain, apologise, move on: what Johnson should have said about Dominic Cummings | Simon Jenkins

25/05/2020 • 12:49 Politics The Guardian

Get back to work, is Johnson's cry. But the economic hardship isn't over | Simon Jenkins

10/05/2020 • 20:31 Politics The Guardian

Boris Johnson is tough on crime. Except when coronavirus wants to mug Britain | Marina Hyde

28/04/2020 • 15:09 Politics The Guardian

It's good that Boris Johnson is back to work. But he is waffling | Simon Jenkins

27/04/2020 • 12:31 Politics The Guardian

Newspapers are enjoying a surge in popularity, but they're struggling to survive | Simon Jenkins

24/04/2020 • 08:00 The Guardian

No one is in charge of the UK's coronavirus response – and it shows | Simon Jenkins

20/04/2020 • 12:27 Politics The Guardian

HS2 was always a white elephant. To launch it now is a disgrace | Simon Jenkins

17/04/2020 • 11:00 Politics The Guardian

With Boris Johnson in hospital, government is adrift | Simon Jenkins

6/04/2020 • 13:50 Politics The Guardian