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Crime without violence

Violence was part of everyday life for cartoon character Andy Capp. Now society has changed, and with it the nature of crime—so why not the ways that we deal with it?

By Ian Blair   173

In contrast to previous general election campaigns, crime did not feature prominently in 2010. Several opinion polls found that the issue was only the fifth most important to voters in Britain after the economy, health, education and immigration. But crime—and its ugly sister, antisocial behaviour—will always be with us, and sooner or later the coalition government will have to come up with some policies to deal with it.

Nothing in the manifestos or in the campaign showed that either of the parties in power (or Labour for that matter) had anything thoughtful or new to say about the subject, with…

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