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Asked if the Prime Minister’s speech on Friday about the criminal justice system was going to be a philosophical one or a policy making one, the PMOS said that it was more the former rather than the latter. What it would be was an overview of his personal experience since Opposition days across the broad criminal justice system. The Prime Minister had also commissioned specifically for this speech a series of papers from experts inside and outside Government, and he would be drawing on that as well. People would see that it was a fairly substantive speech. As the PMOS had said before, it would be the first of the domestic equivalent of the foreign policy speeches, which people agreed were substantive.

Asked by the BBC if this was then a re-launch to get back onto the agenda, the PMOS replied: no. It was deeper than that, as it was somebody thinking in some depth about the issues of the criminal justice system. The PMOS said that he noticed that the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson today had rejected the idea, that the BBC was taking a superficial approach to politics, so the PMOS assumed that the BBC would be interested therefore in the Prime Minister’s intellectual analysis.

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