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September 6, 2004 6:01 PM   Subscribe

Downing Street Says. 'Every day the British Prime Minister's official spokesman briefs a small coterie of political journalists'. This site feeds you summaries and lets you comment. (It's amazing what you can do with a quarter of a £mill chucked at you by John Prescott)

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posted by iffley (7 comments total)

 
what's the deal with this Anti-Social Behavior thing?
posted by amberglow at 9:12 PM on September 6, 2004


Anti-social behaviour orders are 'aimed at tackling serious, persistent but relatively low-level disorder that can blight communities'. Problem: what to do about yobs who make a nuisance of themselves, but aren't doing anything you can lock them away for. Answer: make their lives a nuisance, in the hope it'll shock them out of their habits (or at the very least, give their victims respite).

To New Labour's enemies, it's a sign of the creeping nanny state: the measures are effectively imposed by police and local government outside the normal 'arrest-trial-verdict-sentence' cycle (although each ruling is run past a civil court). On the other hand, they make life liveable again for many law-abiding people who've had their lives made a misery. And I've heard anecdotal evidence that some completely disfunctional familes can receive a much-needed jolt away from the path of sociopathy.
posted by iffley at 11:42 PM on September 6, 2004


The comments are funny, considering it's about anti-social behavior.
posted by johnny novak at 12:43 AM on September 7, 2004


Well, why not call the cops on the people and give them tickets? You need new laws? Where do the people go?
posted by amberglow at 5:45 AM on September 7, 2004


lol - THAT comments exchange is PURE CLASS!
posted by benzo8 at 5:50 AM on September 7, 2004


There's a Welsh equivalent of the Downing Street site: Assembly Online. No Welsh language version yet (though it seems there's no shortage of volunteers to do the translating) so I assume they're not getting any govt. funding.

No posts since July, either.

This blog is a bit livelier, and at long last there are politically charged Welsh language blogs starting to appear.

(Sorry, a bit off topic, except for the first bit.)
posted by ceiriog at 9:25 AM on September 7, 2004


george dutton appears to be barking mad. Good to see that every site has its fruitcakes...
posted by dmt at 6:21 PM on September 9, 2004


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