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Friday, 25 June 2010

Reclaiming the streets

Three years ago, when Incapability Brown suggested airport-style security check-ins at mainline stations, I wrote;
I recently listened to the views of a very stupid police officer on how to deal with the 'problem' of groups of youths on the street. High fences and razor-wire erected everywhere were this idiot's preferred remedies, combined with Mosquito sonic repellents erected on lamp posts every 30 metres. He saw nothing wrong in turning the streets into something akin to the Warsaw Ghetto - his sole concern was the convenience with which teenagers could be coralled into barbed-wire pens by response cars to make the job of police officers easier.

Unfortunately, when the government takes the advice on a grand scale of 'security professionals' as deluded and as intellectually ill-equipped as this, you get proposals such as Brown's.
Well, Brown and all his silly nonsense has gone, but the myopic fools who can't accept that teenagers are citizens too, and have every right to be present in the public realm, haven't. Worst of all perhaps has been the explosion in the use of those 'Mosquito' deterrents mentioned by this officer; they emit a painfully annoying high pitched whine inaudible to anyone over 25. A bit like Mick Hucknall, I suppose, but permanent. If I were a teenager, I'd be bloody furious.

There is hope. A Council of Europe opinion has condemned their use. The Indie is way-off the mark in it's hope they will be switched off today; I suspect they'll go on being bought and installed for some while yet. But it's a start.


Anonymous said...

Any method to move drunken yobs on from the town centre most evenings is OK in my book. Perhaps someone can invent a Mosquito machine variant which also emits a spray of DDT at the same time. That ought to solve the problem fairly quickly.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Much more amusing imho is the practice of playing classical music LOUDLY in public places. Preferably Verdi.

It drives away only the "wrong" kind of teenagers, and without hurting anyone. And the rest of us can enjoy it.

It's a win-win!

Budgie said...

I am with Raedwald on this. Teenagers are citizens like the rest of us and are entitled to walk the streets. In any case teenagers were far more obnoxious as a group in the 1960s and 70s than they are today.

Anonymous said...

You might as well say rapists are citizens and entitled to walk the streets - as they are. It is the behaviour that people want modified.