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The popular perception that law and order policy has become much more ‘punitive’ and ‘authoritarian’ is in part explained by critics’ accounts of New Labour’s political (re)positioning and (re)branding. As Downes and Morgan (2007: 210) contend: ‘Labour has arguably morphed into a party of the Centre Right rather than the Centre Left, and is implementing “Thatcherism” by other means – a cooler, managerialist version ... New Labour have embraced policies and principles associated with neo-liberal rather than social democracy, of the Right rather than the Left’.
A stable neighbourhood of families who care for their homes, mind each other’s children, and confidently frown on unwanted intruders can change, in a few years or even a few months, to an inhospitable and frightening jungle. A piece of property is abandoned, weeds grow up, a window is smashed. Adults stop scolding rowdy children; the children, emboldened, become more rowdy. Families move out, unattached adults move in. Teenagers gather in front of the corner store. The merchant asks them to move; they refuse.
Concerned about their popularity in the public opinion polls, the Conservatives mounted a counter-attack on Labour and attempted to realign themselves as the Party of law and order. Upon his appointment as Home Secretary in 1993, Michael Howard began a transformation of Conservative crime control policy, from a focus on ‘just deserts’ principles in sentencing (embodied within the Criminal Justice Act 1991 which had emphasised the importance of community-based sanctions as opposed to incarceration, and had aimed at the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into society) to a new punitive approach premised upon the notion that ‘prison works’.