From the Author
Politicians have failed to combat the decline in justice and order which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone in modern Britain. Despite much talk of 'tough' legislation and increasing police numbers, governments of both major parties have failed to make the slightest real impact on the problem.
But worse than this they are increasingly turning to repressive and liberty-threatening laws and measures. The English people have never been so surveyed, filmed, filed, recorded and snooped upon. It is as if the entire population is being punished for the crimes of a few.
I fear that this process will end with the extinction of important liberties, while probably still failing to restore peace and order to our streets. It is time for a re-evaluation of conventional wisdom about crime, since the left-liberalism of the late 20th century has plainly failed.
I argue that a return to the concept of punishment, combined with the restoration of preventive policing - on foot - is the only effective answer to the problem which will also preserve the liberties of the citizen. These things need to be accompanied by a moral restoration and a reversal of much of the cultural revolution described in 'The Abolition of Britain' to which, in a way, this is the companion volume.
About the Author
PETER HITCHENS is one of Britain's most famous journalists and polemicists. His last book, The Abolition of Britain, was a hugely popular call for the renovation of the Union of Great Britain, in the face of the centralising challenge of Europe's institutions.