In the Media

This 'crackdown' won't cut drink-fuelled crime

PUBLISHED May 7, 2004

The government has had enough of Britain being turned into what looks like a John Wayne movie every weekend, and I can understand why it is concerned. On nine days every fortnight I'm a journalist, on the tenth I'm a magistrate, sitting more often than not in the youth court. And from the bench, it's plain that the crime figures do not lie: more of those appearing in the courts are there for drink-fuelled violent crime.