Prison ships could be used to ease crowding in jails under a Conservative government, it has been revealed.
The move does not feature in the party's draft election manifesto, but officials confirmed that it is being considered as a means of meeting David Cameron's pledge to end the Government's early release scheme.
Britain's last floating jail, HMP The Weare, was sold in 2005 after eight years holding prisoners off Portland, Dorset.
The ship's temporary stint as a jail was controversial, with the Chief Inspector of Prisons denouncing it unfit for purpose because of the lack of access to fresh air and exercise.
This is something that NuLabour also came out with at one point, but it is Michael Howard's announcement of this policy that your humble Devil remembers—mainly because he has carefully kept the Private Eye cover inspired by the Conservative Home Secretary's proposal...
Anyone else getting déjà vu...?