A penal-justice charity was so incensed by the Government releasing prison statistics on the same day that Hutton Report was published, that it reissued them to the media one week later.
The statistics revealed that more people are sent to jail in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. But the timing of their release, on the day of the Hutton brouhaha, ensured they received very little media coverage.
So the Prison Reform Trust, which campaigns for a more humane prison system, reheated the news last week by issuing it as a press release with its own comments added for extra effect.
The figures revealed that for every 100,000 citizens, the UK has imprisoned 141 people, compared with 98 in Germany and 93 in France.