Re: Whatever next?
Ummm, no. I don't think "we" will. But I also don't necessarily see why harsher punishment for crime should be seen as an unreasonable expectation by the public when taking into account for example, the number of people that were knifed in London last year due gangs competing in the drugs trade. A drugs trade I might add, is partially but directly fuelled by recreational demand from rich finance and media bods et al who should actually have more social awareness.
I would concede however that firmer punishment (i.e. tougher prison sentences in this case) should also be delivered in concert with realistic rehabilitation, and post-release review / support. None of which seems to be working, and seemingly hasn't done for a long time. Although again, I would add that there are probably a lot of career criminals that can't, or don't want to be rehabilitated.