In response to Tony Blair’s speech in launching the ‘Respect Agenda’.
The important thing about debating ASB, and the measures we are proposing, is not to debate it at the crude level of ‘tough’ or ‘not tough’; populist or not. But, instead, to regard it as a genuine intellectual debate about the nature of liberty in a modern developed society such as our own. I welcome the fact the Director of Liberty is making a speech today on the same subject. There is a serious argument against what we are doing and it is right at the centre of political debate with both Opposition Parties joining forces to dismiss what we’re doing.
A “genuine intellectual debate about the nature of liberty in a modern developed society