Friday, August 08, 2008
LibDems soft on crime - again
Newcastle LibDems wanted to teach young people how to spray paint graffiti.
The LibDems rarely miss an opportunity to prove that leopards never change their spots.
By pledging to remove the possibility of a gaol sentence for young people convicted of breaching an ASBO, the Lib Dems have forfeited the right to be taken seriously on the subject of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Will the Lib Dems never realise that sometimes prison is the right solution for serious offenders?
Labour meanwhile is giving police and communities new powers to tackle ASB, investing in neighbourhood policing and modernising our criminal justice system. The Government has put aside almost £100m for measures which will cut youth crime in the short term and prevent it in the long term. Labour's policies are working and we've seen a reduction in the frequency of juvenile re-offending of 17.4% between 2000 and 2005.
The Lib Dems opposed Labour's measures against Labour's tough anti-social behaviour measures, against Labour's measures to break up teen gangs, against measures to restrict the sale of graffiti spray paint to teenagers, against sending teenage criminals to court and against jail sentences for drug possession.
It's a sorry record, and should be a warning to residents in Darlington about how low down tackling ASB would be in any LibDem-influenced administration.