Gamekeeper turns tougher gamekeeper

“In Britain we had an additional burden: legislators who preferred criminal justice to be an auction of fake toughness, so long as the toughness was not too tough to design. So no one likes terrorists? Let’s bring in lots of terror laws, the tougher the better.”

Not your average woooly liberal ranter, but the previous DPP for England and Wales, no less.

Yet the heart of a prosecutor still beats strongly. Sir Ken would open up a whole new chapter in the unfolding story of the financial crisis.

In Britain, no one has any confidence that fraud in the banks will be prosecuted as crime…

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London