The Queen’s Speech and the blanket bans
The Lib-Con government has tidied up the law on our use of public spaces... by making it even more illiberal than before.
|Thursday 24 May 2012|
Scrap this anti-social meddling in our lives
Theresa May's souped-up successors to ASBOs will further diminish communities' ability to reprimand their local reprobates.
|Monday 14 March 2011|
First they came for the faux fascists
Left-wing groups now cheering on the state as it restricts the freedom of an EDL member could well be next.
|Thursday 10 February 2011|
Five reasons why CBOs are worse than ASBOs
The Lib-Cons aren’t merely rebranding anti-social behaviour measures – they are intensifying them.
|Monday 1 February 2010|
Looking into the native Heart of Darkness
Contrary to the wild claims of the ‘Broken Britain’ brigade, the Edlington child assaults were exceptional, not typical.
|Wednesday 16 September 2009|
Fixing ‘Broken Britain’?
Instead of ever-earlier state interventions in family life, we need an honest debate about how to safeguard children.
|Friday 7 August 2009|
At last, a serious debate on ‘social evils’
In a challenging new book, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at how therapy culture and individuation have frayed the social fabric.
|Tuesday 21 July 2009|
Scanning hoodies’ brains: eugenics by the back door?
Is children’s charity Kids Company really planning to send a mobile scanner to examine tearaways’ brains? Yes and no, says the charity’s founder.
|Friday 5 December 2008|
This is no time to call the ‘design police’
By reorganising our lives around suspicion and the fear of crime, design can leave us feeling insecure - and less free.
|Monday 17 November 2008|
Don’t outlaw boisterous banter in the playground
As Britain launches another Anti-Bullying Week, the author of Reclaiming Childhood says demonising teasing can do more harm than good.
|Tuesday 19 August 2008|
Blaming affluence for crime? That’s a bit rich
David Lammy’s ‘explanation’ for the teenage stabbings in London is a pointed attack on aspiration and prosperity.
|Wednesday 28 May 2008|
Why knife crime cuts us to the quick
The deep insecurity in our society has fuelled a national panic, despite the UK having one of the world’s lowest youth homicide rates.
|Thursday 22 May 2008|
Can design cut crime?
Government attempts to ‘design out’ crime by sticking anti-theft, noise-emitting devices around the country will make us feel less secure.
|Thursday 27 March 2008|
This war against anger makes me see red
The powers-that-be promote happiness and demonise anger because they prefer us to be little lambs rather than assertive firebrands.
|Wednesday 13 February 2008|
Why we should swat The Mosquito
The launch of the Buzz Off campaign to rid Britain’s streets of a screeching ‘anti-youth gadget’ should be welcomed - and built on.
|Monday 14 May 2007|
Meet Camden’s killjoy ‘barbecue police’
Nathalie Rothschild reports from north London, where a local council’s ridiculous regulations are putting the dampers on a summer festival.
|Tuesday 24 April 2007|
The ‘politics of behaviour’ with a Tory twist
David Cameron has called for a ‘revolution’ against state interventionism into our lives. It’s a good idea, until you read the small print.
|Monday 26 February 2007|
Naming and shaming ‘enviro-criminals’
Like a poor man’s FBI Most Wanted List, Gloucester Council in England is publishing photos of those it deems guilty of anti-green crimes.
|Thursday 9 November 2006|
Adults behaving badly
The real problem today is not that 'yoofs' are running riot, but that grown-ups lack the confidence to engage with them.
|Friday 27 October 2006|
The roots of ‘paedophobia’
A new report, Freedom's Orphans, shows that adults are afraid to challenge children. But its proposed solutions would make matters worse.