Tough on crime, tough on the parents

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 pm, April 12th, 2008 - 2 comments
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young-offender.jpgCrime, whether static or out of control, is going to be part of our election year “top ten”. I suspect National’s $50 fine policy didn’t quite get the glowing endorsments they were hoping for (see why here). So when I spotted this story at the Guardian, I thought it looked just like a new National policy in the making:

 “Caroline Spelman, chair of the Conservative party, yesterday backed calls for the parents of child offenders to be forced to do community service alongside their offspring, suggesting a toughening of the party’s approach to antisocial behaviour.”

Anyone care to predict the likelihood?

2 comments on “Tough on crime, tough on the parents”

  1. Ruth 1

    I would hope National do not take that on board.

    It’s a funny thing with the right – there is the belief in the primacy of individualism – which I agree with – and yet they look at crime in a collective way. Which is quite wrong.

    Some parents DO need to take responsibility for their kids actions if they did not teach them right from wrong.

    However most parents try to do right by their kids. If my kids then turn around and look at 50Cent as a role model that is not my fault.

  2. AncientGeek 2

    In this very general topic. The Ex-Expat has defined what could almost a perfect extreme-wingnut slogan. Why don’t you just call it a promiscuity virus? about the HPV vaccine. Hopefully the mainstream right will not view it that way, but I can think of a few organisations that will. For that matter there are a few people…. Damn – that dickhead Whale has already done it. Ex-expat has a link. How bloody predicable.

    Someone give the nutter a book on public health policy.

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