Yobs Heart Asbos

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It's been seven years since Tony Blair introduced antisocial behavior orders, many of which criminalize lawful behavior for targeted individuals. A new study finds the civil orders are ineffective, overused, and largely ignored. On the other hand: Kids love 'em!

Parents and some professionals, including magistrates, commonly argued that Asbos functioned as a "badge of honour", and referred to them as a "diploma" rather than addressing the causes of bad behaviour.

One mother of three children issued with orders told the researchers: "Some of the friends are left out now because they're not on an Asbo. I think they all want one. I know a boy that's hellbent on getting an Asbo because he feels left out."

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  1. I wonder what the biggest yobbo of them all, John Lydon, thinks of this.

    “Go on, Syd… spray the beast!”

    (Yeah, I know it’s a fictional quote)

  2. Google for a summary of this book:
    Endless War? Hidden Functions of the War on Terror, by David Keen.

    Yobs are terrorists just as are many of my neighbors in the ‘hood. A “war” on them or a war on drugs will be counterproductive.

    Who here on H&R doesn’t get it?

  3. yobs still sounds a bit too cute to me.

    durn brits.

  4. A Google search confirms there is already a punk band with the name “Asbo”, and one called “ASBO Youth” to boot.

  5. I think this qualifies as a ‘perverse incentive.’

    Does Britain have one of those “wipe the slate clean” laws which allows young thugs to start without a criminal record once they reach the age of majority?

  6. Did anyone else read that title as “Yobs Heart Asbestos”?

    Nick

  7. Does Britain have one of those “wipe the slate clean” laws which allows young thugs to start without a criminal record once they reach the age of majority?

    Who cares? As I posted yesterday, in Britain a criminal record is meaningless.

  8. Did anyone else read that title as “Yobs Heart Asbestos”?

    Sure did.

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