A long tradition exists of significant public figures using columns in national newspapers to express outrage about public policy and, they hope, to provoke a debate that might change it. Perhaps the greatest example in European history is Emile Zola, the French novelist's, 4,000 word column published in L'Aurore in January 1898 under the headline J'Accuse. It accused the French state of a grave miscarriage of justice in the conviction and imprisonment for treason of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer in the French Army. Sir Ken MacDonald's evisceration of the government's policy on criminal justice, published this morning in The Times under the headline "Give us laws that the City will respect and fear," may not be remembered a century from now. But it deserves to be read by all who care about justice and to have a similar impact on informed opinion.  Go on. Read it.


Absolutely true. There is a widespread opinion, that someone should do some real time for this. But everything that the public does get, is "oh, someone lost their multi-million job", or "oh, some guys said 'sorry' on TV". While people are being denied mortages, loans and the government is even cutting down on student loans.

They did it with OFCOM, now you should do it with FSA - more responsibility, more power, more fear. Such propaganda-like justice does not fit the crowds, who, as history has shown, will go on a rampage if ignored too long.

It's a disgrace to justice