Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Have A Go If You Think You're Hard Enough

Britons are the least likely ‘have-a-go heroes’ in Europe, according to public policy think-tank Reform.

According to the report, six out of ten Britons would not get involved if they saw a group of 14-year-olds vandalising a bus stop; and three-quarters said it was the job of the police and the courts, not the general public, to control anti-social behaviour.

We conducted some research of our own by sending our work-experience trainee out to commit random acts of violence in the street, and the little tyke found that 40% of the public walked straight by, 25% filmed him on their mobiles and posted the footage on YouTube, 20% joined in with enthusiasm and 15% gave him an encouraging round of applause.

The government, meanwhile, announced an initiative to make the public feel more secure by placing a headline tax on the Daily Mail every time it runs a scare story about Britain’s Deadly Streets.

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