In the Media

What does Ipna stand for? Not law and order

PUBLISHED November 25, 2013

One consequence of getting older is a marked decline in tolerance, or is that just me? The annoyance triggered by that infernal tsk, tsk, tsk noise emanating from the earphones of someone oblivious to the fact that their music is too loud; or by a fellow train passenger who thinks it is acceptable to eat a burger and chips a few inches from your face grows with every passing year. Since it is no longer advisable to ask someone politely to desist without risking a stream of abuse, a punch on the nose or worse, then maybe we should have legal redress. And to that end, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill now before Parliament might have the answer. It will introduce something called the Injunction to Prevent Nuisance or Annoyance, or Ipna. This will replace the Asbo, another acronym masquerading as a law and order policy.