The sheer nerve of the man!
The Justice Secretary will say that on too many occasons the needs of victims get lost in " a fog of platitudes and debate over the 'needs' of the offenders".
This is someone who has had 10 years to do something about this - and hasn't. So, will he?
In a speech at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Mr Straw will say that the Government needs "to reclaim the language of punishment and reform" when it is talking about offenders.
That's the thing, though. It's not enough to talk the talk, he needs to walk the walk too and there has never been any indication that Jack Straw is either capable of doing so or actually really wants to anyway. Had he really any intention of doing so then Jack Straw could have done so a long time ago - but didn't. So why the sudden change of heart?
Having (supposedly) given up on political Marxism, can we really believe that Straw has turned away from cultural Marxism too? Of course not. What we are seeing in this, in my opinion, is a government that is trying to build on the momentum it has gained in the polls. As far as I'm concerned, this is the first indication that Gordon Brown will call an election sooner rather than later.