As John Reid and Gordon Brown compete with each other for the "I'm considerably tougher than YOW" (Harry Enfield, 1994) vote, Reid has suffered an humiliating setback, as two hundred drug taking prisoners are given £10,000 each. The have taken the Home Office to court under the Human Rights Act and Reid has caved in and settled before the case got to court.
Apparently they were forced to stop taking heroin or other drugs in jail and this breached their human rights, can you believe? The case has been funded through legal aid - ie by you, the taxpayer and will end up costing the best part of £4 million. David Davis has accused John Reid of a "massive failure of political nerve".
So that's great, then. 192 drug addicted ex-cons with £10,000 in their back pockets. Nice to know that the taxpayer's hard earned pennies will be used to shoot up a bit of 'smack', isn't it? I suppose it cuts out the need to steal it.