It's never the right day to make this point. But many people are now being arrested over allegations of varying seriousness which took place a long time ago. Not because new DNA evidence has come to light, a welcome instrument of belated justice, but because deplorable behaviour, once ignored or tolerated, is now viewed in a more severe light. Is there an unhealthy element of retrospective justice to all this? It's that which troubles me.

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