Paul Williams: Politicians playing catch-up as criminals seek to walk free
The decision of the High Court to strike down an important section of the criminal law which allowed for the activation of suspended prison sentences has yet again plunged the justice system into crisis.
This landmark ruling has created a legislative emergency at a time when we have no government to govern. Now we face the prospect of chaos as a string of convicted recidivist criminals clamour to get out of prison.
And let us just be absolutely clear about whom we are talking.