Having a background in psychology, I should be entirely comfortable with the outcome of a new criminological study into street crime that demonstrates that the underlying motives for such crime can be rather more complex than mere acquisition.
And yet, instead, I find myself unable to shake the mental picture of Tony Blair striding purposefully into the Cabinet Room, research paper in hand, to announce:
“Thanks for the report, John. Very useful… Now about this Ludovico Technique. Any thoughts?”