In the Media

Asbo absurdities

PUBLISHED December 1, 2004

Tony Blair, standing at his pulpit-like rostrum at a recent press conference, with his arms spread as wide as his grin, pronounced: "Let's be honest, people gamble." This sophisticated argument to justify building mega-casinos around the country got me thinking about how the prime minister and his home secretary, David Blunkett, are not so generous when it comes to other kinds of frowned-upon social behaviour.