Wednesday, May 18, 2005

More Youth Hatred From The Guardian

It is just barely within the realm of possibility that I'm losing my sense of humor, but I don't think so. I imagine Jess Cartner-Morley and the Guardian editors thought they were being clever, witty and irreverent when they brainstormed the nutty idea of asking three British fashion designers to propose designs for the controversially-mooted youth community service uniforms, and published them under the headline 'Chain gang chic'. Ehh, guess what? They weren't.

Meanwhile, just above that prize specimen of disrespectful, ugly-minded schadenfreude, an article extolling the Inferno-bound Charles Clarke's support for the uniforms plan.

According to Chris Fox, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, the uniforms plan is desirable 'so that the public could see that community punishment orders benefited local neighbourhoods....What we want are a range of sentences that actually make sure that the public have trust and faith in the criminal justice system.'

In other words, youths convicted of minor crimes should be publicly branded and humiliated in the service of providing good PR for Law Enforcement. That's one hell of a canny rehabilitation strategy. Bravo and indeed encore, Mr. Clarke.

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