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Crime

The Socialist Party is fighting for

  • The right to a high quality training, job and/or college place for every school leaver.
  • The right to free education for all, from the cradle to the grave.
  • For a minimum wage of £8 an hour for all. No exemptions.
  • Democratic community action to tackle crime.
  • Cut across drug-related crime and the power base of organised crime by providing treatment, maintenance and counselling facilities for all heroin addicts, including support services for their families.
  • Treatment centres to be established with the agreement of the local community, treating addicts from the local area, with a proper monitoring system for the local community.
  • Community control of the police to ensure they work with and implement the policing priorities advocated by the communities.

 

New Labour claims to be ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’. They are neither.

It is true that record numbers of people are being locked up, many for crimes of poverty, such as inability to pay extortionate council tax bills (while the likes of Rupert Murdoch get away with paying virtually no tax).

Yet Blunkett’s draconian policies have not prevented an increase in violent crime.

The Socialist Party is opposed to all criminal and anti-social behaviour, and supports democratic community action to tackle these problems.


The brunt of crime

It is working-class communities, young and old, that bear the brunt of crime.

The super-rich have always been able to protect their homes and goods with sophisticated security measures.

Now they can go one better and ‘rent a cop’! Several police forces, while complaining about being under-staffed, are renting out their services to the rich.

In Devon and Cornwall, for example, you can have a constable for £350 a day or a chief inspector for £365.

Meanwhile many ordinary people no longer bother to phone the police when they are burgled, because they know that nothing will be done.


Nothing being done

At the same time, in working-class communities throughout Britain, nothing is being done to provide young people with the hope of a decent future – a good education, a good job and a decent home.

Youth clubs and other facilities are being closed down.

Yet there is no doubt that the provision of such basic rights would prevent the vast majority of a new generation being sucked into crime.


The Socialist Party is fighting for

  • The right to a high quality training, job and/or college place for every school leaver.
  • The right to free education for all, from the cradle to the grave.
  • For a minimum wage of £8 an hour for all. No exemptions.
  • Democratic community action to tackle crime.
  • Cut across drug-related crime and the power base of organised crime by providing treatment, maintenance and counselling facilities for all heroin addicts, including support services for their families.
  • Treatment centres to be established with the agreement of the local community, treating addicts from the local area, with a proper monitoring system for the local community.
  • Community control of the police to ensure they work with and implement the policing priorities advocated by the communities.

 

For a socialist alternative

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Crime

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