Tuesday 13 August 2002

Youth crime

Only a few days ago, vandals burned down a university building in Edinburgh. Now, a school has been vandalised causing £200,000 worth of damage. In Glasgow, gangs are no longer satisfied fighting one another but attack pensioners. In the Daily Mail, Allan Massie says that: "There is no easy answer." Well, of course there is but it would offend "liberal" sensitivities. The "three strikes and you're out" laws dramatically cut crime in New York. Better still, make criminals fully compensate their victims.