Monday, 8 August 2011

Time for a curfew in UK cities?

Just a thought ...

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11 comments:

  1. Do we have the resources to enforce a curfew?

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  2. I agree, it is beginning to look like the only option.
    Since it is unlikely that resources would be sufficient to police such a thing in the conventional way, how about enforced early closing of all pubs, clubs etc. or would that merely force more violent yobs onto our streets?

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  3. No. We have to ask why so many think this is an appropriate way to behave. And work out how to persuade them it is not. This is not a "love your neighbour" culture in operation. Or if it is, it has forgotten that bit.

    We need to start with loving the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. It's then difficult for the rest not to follow.

    David Brock

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  4. Which cities would be under curfew? Surely not every little market town? Where would we draw the line?

    Dan

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  5. Dan - it would make sense to start with the places that have experienced trouble. It should not be beyond the wit of society, however, to introduce a power of curfew which could be announced immediately, bounding a certain area.

    Curfews are not a new thought! There must be straightforward precedents to follow I would have thought.

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  6. Enoch Powell was right. I doubt whether there are sufficient politicians in England who have the political will to do what is needed to secure the safety of the general public.

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  7. No. I think that a curfew would effectively hand the streets over to the looters. I've seen calls for an anti-curfew - street parties, midnight marches etc. I feel like that would be much more positive action in the face of the violence. As is #riotcleanup

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  8. Rt Rev Dominic Stockford9 August 2011 at 18:21

    1. I'll go for the curfew - thereby leaving the streets clear for the police to pick up all those who are breaking it, and mostly breaking the law as a result.
    2. I'd also go for policing the 'English' in the same way as we police the 'Irish' in Northern Ireland. Water cannon and the lot. Enough mucking around, enough 'mr nice guy'. Being Christian doesn't mean allowing evil to flourish unchallenged and unpunished.

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  9. There's no point in trying to heal the wounds while the riots continue. A country-wide curfew must be imposed *immediately* to stop this spreading any further. On current trends, I'd say all major cities. If you are in the street after 9pm - especially in groups of 10 or more, then it should be considered suspicious.
    David, France

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  10. Apart from the arguments from liberty against a curfew, there are practical ones. Pubs, restaurants, take-aways and late shops have a right to trade and do business. It is unthinkable that the state should deprive honest and hard-working citizens of their livelihoods.

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