This is a well written and researched book explaining the key differences in continental, English and U.S. law and policing. This is backed up by a wealth of statistics to quantify how the expansion of crime without consequences to the career criminal has been facilitated by the growth of politically motivated policing in the UK, and England in particular.
At the heart of the problem is the moral vacuum of socialism which considers everyone to be criminals and, as a consequence, the career criminal is simply no different to anyone else and must be saved and reformed at any cost financially, and to the detriment of everyone else's life and liberty. Except for the enlightened elite at the heart of government and its institutions, that is.
The ID card is little more than the yellow star pinned on Jews in Nazi Germany. Criminals in Northern Ireland can now freely attack pensioners with hammers and guns, in the dead of night, in pursuit of small amounts of money and can reasonably expect to never be caught or punished. And they can also freely indulge in the tiger-kidnapping of the families of bank and business owners in order to gain ransom money, with detection, prosecution and punishment unlikely in case terrorists and paramilitary groups will be offended, or not be available to bolster the propaganda of the-war-on-terrorism.
Peter Hitchens suggests how many current failings of the law and policing could be addressed so that crime is prevented and criminals are punished. But this can only happen in a free society which has a government and legal system dedicated to upholding freedom and recognising that career criminals do not have more right to the expropriated resources of the state than the victims of crime.