I've said it before and I'll say it again, civil libertarianism is anything but soft on crime.
We now have such soft sentencing, such lax prison discipline, and so forth, because, having moved away from a civilised society's minimum standards for conviction, we know perfectly well that perhaps half of people now convicted would not have been in better days, and that in that case a third of them would never have been charged. But, as with the warmongering of recent years, are you any safer?
If we returned to those standards, then we could return to proper sentencing, proper prison regimes, and all the rest of it. Indeed, we must. But not before. Ed Miliband, over to you.