September 26, 2007

THE IRON LADDIES:

Labour's new crime drive: zero tolerance: Review of self-defence laws and money for neighbourhood patrols (Patrick Wintour and Alan Travis, September 27, 2007, The Guardian)

Labour will today launch a new "zero tolerance" criminal justice drive, including an urgent review of the law of self-defence to ensure it backs "have-a-go heroes".

The moves by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, and Jack Straw, the justice secretary, are designed to outflank the Tories' renewed push on law and order based on David Cameron's claim that British society is "broken".

Amid concerns from some Labour strategists that the party has ceded too much ground on crime, the home secretary will also announce a new fund worth tens of millions of pounds to support neighbourhood patrol teams, including the issuing of mobile fingerprint machines to officers who will target low-level crime in every community.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2007 7:34 PM
Comments

They are behind the 'broken windows' curve, aren't they?

To put forth an anecdote, my dad (a retired teacher) told me that the Dearborn Public Schools (where he taught and I was a student) had a policy that any grafitti was to be removed that day. They had the line-item in the budget and had the contractors, and as soon as a report was made of any grafitti on school property, it was removed. Reinforcing that line item of the budget could wait for school board meetings, but the actual vandalism was to disappear.

It worked.

(Please ignore spelling errors, I don't have a dictionary with me.)

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2007 7:10 PM

It's both hilarious and sad to listen to Labour supporters, who continue to imagine that they are 'progressive', but fail to understand that they live in the New York of the 1970's.

Posted by: ZF at September 27, 2007 11:58 PM
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