IT seems Simon Goddard (Letters) is one of those who believe that anyone who does not favour erecting a gallows, pillory and stocks on every public open space and village green is somehow on the side of the criminal!
And where has he heard the oft repeated myth about Liberal Democrats being soft on crime? No Lib-Dem research panel on any of the ills afflicting society I have ever served on, or whose recommendations I have studied, has ever advocated a soft approach to crime. Quite the opposite.
A rigorous approach to combating crime is one of the few issues that all parties are agreed upon. Lib-Dems differ only in their emphasis on more policemen on the beat, less time-consuming paperwork and vastly improved back up services, and more resources to be devoted to crime prevention.
With nearly 100,000 already in prison, and over 80 per cent likely to return there, we have quite rightly been calling for consideration of more effective alternatives to prison.
With 75 per cent of crime estimated to be drug-related, a rethink of society’s attitudes to drugs, laws relating to them and new measures for dealing with the social problems connnected with them is long overdue.
Lionel King, Chadwick End