Please tell me that the following are not controversial:
- courts, not civil servants or politicians, should determine what punishment a criminal deserves, based on the individual circumstances of the crime;
- foreigners should be punished no more harshly, and no less, than a UK citizen.
I think it is downright racist to have a policy of imposing a punishment on foreigners that is harsher than you would impose on UK citizens in the same circumstances.
It is worrying that the Home Office was unable to carry out its policy of deporting foreigners after their release. But moving to a policy of deporting all foreigners, irrespective of whether that was the punishment imposed by the sentencing judge, would be the biggest over-reaction since the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Update: Bondwoman at The Sharpener is spot on about this.