His Devasting Attack on Soft Teachers,lax Parents,self-Servicing Lawyers,leniant Magistrates and Judges Who Place the Criminal's Interests Ahead of the Victim's Has Outraged Liberals and Delighted a Long-Suffering Public.here,chief Constable Steve Green Reveals What Drove Him to Speak Out
Byline: DAVID JONES
HAVING read Steve Green's devastating attack on soft Sixties values and the lawless yob culture he believes they have caused, meeting the Nottinghamshire Chief Constable comes as a surprise.
One expects a table-thumping firebrand, only to be offered tea by an earthy Yorkshire bobby with an infectious chuckle and a fondness for jogging and Sheffield Wednesday.
'I'm not going to get painted as Attila the Hun, because I'm not,' he says more than once, as he justifies his indictment of 'namby-pamby' liberalism.
'I'm just an ordinary bloke - a boring ordinary bloke, in fact.' Perhaps so, but there was nothing boring about the police chief's tirade last week.
'It is one of life's great ironies that the tolerant, understanding and empathetic approach which has marked post-war society has not bred tolerant children,' he wrote in a fiery letter to his local paper.
'The evidence is there every day: youths screaming four-letter expletives into the
faces of police officers, youths yelling at pensioners; groups of youths intimidating shopkeepers and chanting racist abuse; kids threatening violence against anyone who challenges their aggressive behaviour.
'The gentle touch has created many monsters whose only interest is that their needs be met. If they can't afford it, they'll steal it; if they want your mobile phone, they'll punch you to get it; if they're drunk and pass a shop window, they'll smash it; if they don't want to pay, their bus driver gets it; if they're bored, they'll lay obstacles across the railway track and drop bricks on car drivers from motorway bridges.' Mr Green has no doubt where blame lies for this depressingly familiar slide in values.
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Publication information: Article title: His Devasting Attack on Soft Teachers,lax Parents,self-Servicing Lawyers,leniant Magistrates and Judges Who Place the Criminal's Interests Ahead of the Victim's Has Outraged Liberals and Delighted a Long-Suffering Public.here,chief Constable Steve Green Reveals What Drove Him to Speak Out. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: July 27, 2004. Page number: 32. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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