Amanda Patel gave her in depth analysis of Priti Patel in yesterday's Mail.
My friend Priti Patel has got the steel to tackle knife crime as Home Secretary
Critics of Priti Patel's appointment as Home Secretary seem less worried about her fervent Brexit views than her hard line on crime and punishment.
How could a woman who has supported the death penalty be fit for modern office? Well, perhaps Patel may be the answer to the soft justice now blighting our youth.
This week, a judge talked of knife crime being a 'cancer' that affects 'all spectrums of society' as he sentenced two schoolboys for their role in the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old scholarship pupil Yousef Makki.
One defendant, Boy A, plunged the knife into Yousef's heart. Cleared of murder and manslaughter after the jury accepted it was self-defence, he was given a 16-month jail sentence.
The other, Boy B, admitted buying two flick-knives over the internet from China, giving the lethal weapon to Boy A, and received four months.
As the judge rightly said, we are facing a knife crime epidemic — England and Wales hit a record of 43,000 stabbings last year and in London alone there have already been 78 knife deaths this year.
But if so, why give such paltry sentences? What kind of deterrent are they to any teenager considering getting a knife?
Just 16 months and four months for a young life? What kind of message does that send other kids browsing the internet, wondering if they'll buy a knife, too, for protection or because it makes them look 'streetwise'?
And let's not delude ourselves that this is a gang-related crime in a sink estate. All three of these lads were privately educated from respectable Manchester families. Yousef was a highly intelligent teenager whose dream was to be a heart surgeon.
As someone who's worked with Priti Patel on William Hague's team when he was Tory leader, I can tell you that she will be straining at the leash to tackle leniency over knife crime.
She's a tough customer, harder than steel — she's tungsten.
She is formidably organised, first in the office and last to leave, and often worked seven days a week. She is well-turned out, never self-pitying and driven by the core Tory values she developed working in her father's corner shops.
It is too late for Yousef but, perhaps with Priti Patel at the Home Office, other victims will see justice served.
So when she says 'friend' she actually means somebody she worked with 14 years ago. And the case she quotes really doesn't back up her argument. The two defendants had the best lawyers that money could buy which will have been a key factor in them avoiding guilty verdicts on the main charges and will have also impacted on the sentencing on the other charges. Is Priti Patel going to stop wealthy people having access to top lawyers in cases of knife crime?