I've almost felt sorry for David Cameron in the last week or so. A few days topping up his tan in Rwanda; embarrassed by Redwood taking over his tax cutting agenda then yesterday, his back room boys managed to pick a few wrong ones from a huge list of threatened A&E and maternity units.
Last night, he probably drew breath- problems surely come in threes.
Well I'm afraid not David. Today he was up in Lancashire rabitting on about "yoof" crime. And once again his researchers have let him down.
In the tough on crime part of his speech at Darwen, he said that magistrates should be able to jail criminals "for up to a year." In the context of his subject, Youth Crime, somebody ought to have whispered in his ear- David they already can. Have they not heard of a 24 month Detention and Training Order? A sentence that can be handed down any young person between 12 and 17. The offender spends 12 months in custody and the other year under supervision in the community.
I once thought the Tories were a shoe-in at the next general election. Not if they go on like this.