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July 05, 2006



What's that about "the (laudable) goals of the government's Respect agenda"? What makes you think the goals are qualitatively different from this kind of communitarian bullying? I prefer Kevin's formulation:

"The respect agenda is desperately partial, clumsy and heavy-handed. It totally ignores the main features of disrespect in our society, such as the system of individual consumption, heavily endorsed by other parts of government; and the widespread phenomenon of civic absence whereby residents find themselves living on estates that have been abandoned by housing agencies, health services, environmental services and police. That's systematised, legitimised disrespect. And instead of recognising this and addressing it, we get military mentalities producing a relentless stream of belligerence against individuals and families who have been failed by those around them."

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