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Anti social behaviour

Asked for further information about John Reid’s contribution to the Cabinet Committee and who should stop moaning, the PMOS replied that Louise Casey had said this morning that this was never a detailed proposal, but rather, it was part of a discussion. The Government’s approach was precisely that we did want people to complain and draw attention to anti social behaviour in their area, and to raise their voices to ensure it was addressed. Louise Casey had put this properly in perspective, as she said that we had never encouraged people to be vigilantes, nor would we encourage people to do so. However, what we did do was to encourage people to actively draw attention to problems in their areas. The problem was when people became so down-hearted, that they did not believe anyone would listen. The message was that the Government believed that the Government, police, and local authorities should be listening, and were listening.

Put that the tone of the slogan to a degree showed that the public had some disenchantment with the situation, the PMOS said that as Louise Casey had made clear, this was not a slogan which was official Government policy.

Asked if it had been withdrawn, the PMOS said again that it was never Government policy. What the discussion was: how did people encourage communities to be proactive in raising awareness of particular problems in particular estates? That was something that we would make no apology for whatsoever.

Asked if the phrase was a discussion point, the PMOS replied that it was part of a discussion that was one idea among many in a discussion document.

Asked if it was not, therefore, a prototype of an advertising slogan, the PMOS said that was his understanding.

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