Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time to Fight Back against the Yobs, Says Cameron

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time to Fight Back against the Yobs, Says Cameron

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Byline: PAUL WAUGH

TOUGHER censorship against film and video violence and wider use ofstop-and-search powers were among a raft of Tory proposals to tackle youthcrime announced today.

David Cameron and shadow home secretary David Davis declared that the death of11-year-old Rhys Jones proved that the country had to "draw a line in the sand"against Britain's gang and gun culture.

Mr Cameron and Mr Davis launched It's Time To Fight Back, a collection ofpolicies which they pledge the party will enact within weeks of coming topower.

Building on the widespread public anger over a spate of killings, theConservatives outlined a string of measures to cut crime.

The party said it would extend stopand-search powers for the police, scrapearly release of prisoners and impose minimum as well as maximum jailsentences.

The idea of a minimum sentence for an offence would be unprecedented in Britainbut the Tories argue that it is time for "honesty" in sentencing to reassurethe public.

Today's policy document also declares that the next Tory government willoverhaul Britain's censorship system to ensure that the British Board of FilmClassification and Ofcom are "on the side of parents".

It says: "We will review the regulatory framework relating to films and videogames to ensure that violence and misogyny are not directly promoted to youngpeople.

"Extreme, casual and callous violence in a context of social indifference andmoral ambiguityand in the absence of positive, counterbalancing influences from family,community and the wider culturehas a coarsening effect on the ethical sensibility of young people.

"We all have a responsibility to ensure a healthy culture for our children togrow up in.

"This includes not just the producers of films and video games but themanufacturers of relevant hardware and the regulators who determine agerelatedclassifications. …

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