I attended the Nacro 2008 conference, and very good it was to with lots of informative workshops and valuable debates about policy and practice – Thanks NACRO!
One of the things that really struck me was the Thursday morning when the two David’s appeared – Hanson http://www.davidhanson.org.uk/ for Labour and Burrowes http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&personID=81420 for the Tories. Listening to them both I was struck by an uncomfortable feeling – that Hanson sounded like the Tories in the 1990′s. It was all quick soundbites, spending plans etc with the appearance of lots of action; but no substance and no real listening – all spin and no substance in other words. Now Burrowes came across like he appeared to care, rather like Labour pre 97 who would be “tough on the causes of crime.” How we had cheered when Labour were voted in. I guess it just gos to prove the old maxim about power tending to corrupt…..