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From my practising days I still recall vividly how many fellow advocates and indeed judges struggled to grasp the IPP sentencing legislation where it had been an immense relief to so many when that maddening exercise became no more. I include in this many more erudite lawyers and judges than myself.

Alex Chalk has made a start albeit an exceedingly cautious one. The stain on the system which he has -rightly- identified will require much more elbow grease from him and others to remove it as contrasted with merely rendering it a paler shade of still dispiriting grey.

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