The Sunday Times this morning says:
A report from a House of Commons committee will say this week that a national curfew on young teenagers could curb anti-social and violent behaviour.I suppose such a curfew would have that effect. And if you included older teenagers and adults it would have even more of an effect. But do we really want to live under a version of martial law?
It is not surprise to see Keith Vaz quoted:
“I have sympathy with the view that children should not be out after 9pm.”I have sympathy with the view that Mr Vaz should mind his own business.
But the prize for idiocy goes to the Tory Patrick Mercer:
“We can’t have one rule in one part of the country and another rule in another part. It is clearly something that has worked in Redruth and something we should consider nationally.”To say that the curfew has worked in Redruth is nonsense. It does not even come into operation until 25 July, as an earlier report in The Times makes clear.
If that is the quality of research that has gone into the committee's report, we can recycle the paper without wasting our time reading it.
And isn't the demand that we have identical rules in every area worthy of a bureaucratic Fabian with the soul of a filing cabinet?