Justice Secretary Jack Straw has said that more consideration must be given to the victims of crime instead of criminals. Sentences of the court he said ‘are first and foremost for the punishment of those who have broken the law, broken society’s rules’ . And he added that a Victims Commissioner is to be appointed soon to ensure there is a voice for victims in Government. Why is he talking about punishing criminals as a priority eleven years after the ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ slogan? Isn’t this an admission that despite tough rhetoric his Government hasn’t been tough on criminals or fair to the victims of crime and has emphatically not delivered on its election promise?