Oh my the mirth just flows when you read up on what people think other people should do when it comes to dealing with anti-social behaviour.
Members of the public should be given lessons in how to tackle anti-social behaviour, a report has suggested.
The RSA, a charity which aims to find “solutions to social challenges”, says the training could be provided by police officers or volunteers.
It says the need to get people involved has become more urgent because of police cuts in England and Wales.
Training may also include how to “read” situations and ways to defuse conflict, it added.
The RSA says the English riots of a year ago “laid bare both the risks and strengths of self-organised citizen defence”.
And it says there is a growing interest in the idea of training people to deal with low-level crime and aggressive behaviour on the streets.
Apart from wondering whether or not the RSA is a fake charity designed to lobby the government to tell it what it already wants, you have to wonder just what the person compiling the report was smoking. We have a society which progressive governments have effectively disarmed and demoralised the general public with regard to even approaching anyone in the street. Where children and youths (feral or otherwise) have been given the status of little tin gods at home or when roaming. It’s even got to the stage now where most (male) adults will no longer approach a child if they are in distress. Nor will most adults attempt any longer to do something about anti-social behaviour simply because the police either turn around and tell you ‘they can do nothing’ or if dealt with, the following day a judge lets them off with a slapped wrist and they’re back pouring petrol or urinating through your letter box.
So we have a charity wanting to ‘train’ people how to approach various situations when anti-social behaviour is ongoing because of the reduction in police numbers. It almost has an air of touchy feely nambypambyism about it as if somehow or other those behaving antisocially are going to take any notice of someone telling them to stop other than to either to verbally abuse them, knife them or beat them up. Assuming the hapless intervener isn’t followed home and has their lives made a misery there instead.
What is actually needed is a return of the ‘fear factor’ a sense of dread of coming to the attention of the police or authorities if you are caught doing something you shouldn’t. or if a complaint is made against you and upheld. With adequate safeguards to make sure it doesn’t become simply a tool to ‘frame’ people in any shape or form perhaps we can get to a stage where fear of breaking the law will take the place of no longer giving a damn about the law.
Or we could just allow the arming of the civil population…