In a series of highly controversial remarks, Mr Duncan reportedly told a prisons conference:
- It is ‘repulsively simplistic’ to say that prison works.
- ‘Lock ’em up’ is ‘Key Stage 1 politics’.
- Prisoners should be ‘met at the gate’ on release from jail.
Naturally his criticisms, as reported at least, don't actually contain any actual arguments about what the likely effects of prison policy will be, but are primarily about ingratiaitng himself with the people who despise the voters who actually vote for him. This also applies to his numerous appearances on panel shows.