Tony Blair launched his Respect campaign today. Amongst its proposals are to look at introducing baby Asbo’s (Basbos) aimed at curbing the behaviour of the under tens. However it raises serious questions about the extent to which the State should be intervening in the way communities decide their fate. The Today Programme had an excellent piece this morning (sound file). Listen for Patrick Diamond of IPPR in favour intervention and Robert Whelan of Civitas who argues that the criminal justice system needs overhauling and voluntary sector beefing up. No word of it being extended to Northern Ireland.
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