Anthony Horowitz, the creator of TV programme ‘Foyle’s War’, writes in the Daily Telegraph: In fact, between 1939 and 1945, 178,000 indictable offences were created for the inhabitants of England and Wales, a figure quoted by Angus Calder in his incomparable social history, ‘The People’s War’. All of which is, of course, a gift for a crime writer. It’s been interesting to watch New Labour cobble together laws to combat the so-called war on terror, laws that have proved equally contentious and unpopular. On September 29 1939, a National Registration census led to the issue of identity cards, which were resented from the very start, a necessary evil. They were abandoned seven years after the war, in 1952. It’s always struck me how little understanding recent home secretaries have shown of the British psyche.