Last orders for Ronald Biggs

Ronald Biggs has been released, then, Jack Straw having decided he could now be released on compassionate grounds, rather than on parole, which he earlier refused. Straw’s statement explains the new decision in terms of the different criteria he had to take account of in relation to the two issues.

Still, my feeling is that for the law to be respected it must be inexorable: I’d have made Biggs repay every moment of his debt of time, even if (since he’s in a hospital, not in prison) only symbolically.Perhaps I’m the only one who’d have applauded Jack Straw had he taken that hard line.