Shaggy dog story

In 2003, we had a spate of phone calls from journalists wanting comments on new curfew powers that had come into force. “It’s a bit late to do anything now,” we said, “but you might want to hear about the Sexual Offences Bill that will make kissing between teenagers a criminal offence?” No response.

In 2004, we had a spate of phone calls from journalists to ask if it was true that two teenagers kissing each other was now a criminal offence. “Yes,” we said, “but it’s too late to do anything now. You might want to hear about the plans to create a national database of children, though…” “We’ll ring you back,” they said.

In 2007, we had a spate of phone calls etc “Where were you a couple of months ago, when something could actually have been done?” We asked. “How come 4 years of press releases, reports and phone calls have barely raised a mention? But perhaps you would like to know about the plans to create a second national database that will contain a lot more than names and phone numbers?” It’s gone very quiet suddenly.

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5 Responses to Shaggy dog story

  1. Av says:

    I would like to agree with Terri Dowty’s (Director) letter in the Evening Standard 06/09/07 why are we letting this happen to our young people. Its crazy all DNA of anyone unde 18 should be removed once the conviction is spent especially if its a minor. I did not realise it was kept once sentence had been served. Loads of young people get mixed up in stuff and as they get older most do move away from that. We should allow all young people a chance not to be labelled as sometimes due to the pressures that surrond them they make mistakes.

  2. hope says:

    If the media had the public’s interests at heart and not their share holders – may be they would start educating the public

    Obviously once the public wake-up to what is happening to our children – they will turn on the media for keeping them in the dark for so long – then see what the share holders think

  3. hope says:

    I wonder how many of the owners of the newspapers, media, BBC, etc

    are members of the Common Purpose?

    that would explain alot

  4. David Dreghorn says:

    You have to remember that reports are, in general, not that clued up about child rights. You also have to remember that if they do dare speak out, goverment will bring on members of the public to try out shout us lot. You also have to remember that the goverment will all too easily accuse reports of being soft.
    In general, relying on reports is a bit like using a condom with a hole in it, not a good idea and most have not got a clue or capable of seeing past political spin

  5. […] by cabalamat on October 21st, 2007 From The ARCH Blog: In 2003, we had a spate of phone calls from journalists wanting comments on new curfew powers […]

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