Monday, May 01, 2006

Himmler: Tough on crime

Charlie Whitaker has noticed some worrying historical parallels with New Labour's approach to policing:
Crime was one of the main concerns of inter-war Germany, and the Nazis' "tough" anti-crime policies were a major source of their popularity. With respect to crime and policing, the major conceptual leap the Nazis made was from due process and punishment of the convicted to "preventive" policing, a major element of which was "protective custody". This change was popular and was taken up with apparent enthusiasm by the German police.
I saw this posting last week and then forgot where I had seen it. Fortunately it was included in Tim Worstall's latest BritBlog Roundup.

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