When David Cameron – all clenched teeth and pulsing neck veins – made his statement to the Commons about the riots, Nick Clegg did his best to look supportive.
But he was clearly discomfitted by stridency of what he was hearing, and only now is the Lib Dems’ true reaction to the urban outrage beginning to filter through.
Simon Hughes is muttering about first-time offenders being shown some leniency.
Lib Dem peer, Lord Macdonald, is warning against passing jail terms which ‘lack humanity or justice.’
May I suggest a simple compromise?
Why don’t we show the looters the same degree of leniency, humanity and justice they showed their innocent victims?