Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Don't pay 40p for Nick Cohen's Standard column; read it free online

With Harry gone, Nick's reduced to recycling 13-month old columns.

Nick Cohen, New Statesman, August 2004
"Why it's right to hate traffic wardens"

In its small way, what has happened in Islington shows why "broken windows" theory is a nonsense. English policing used to be as much about order as law. Discretion was applied and trouble was avoided by the police moving people on rather than applying the law to the letter. There were quiet words rather than arrests, and extenuating circumstances were taken into account.



Nick Cohen, Evening Standard, October 2005
"Counting the cost of traffic tyrants"

Dull-witted conservatives say we want zero-tolerance policing. Well we've got zero-tolerance traffic policing [in Islington] and no-one likes it. English policing was once as much about order as law. Discretion was applied and extenuating circumstances were taken into account.


I particularly like the way he's changed some key phrases, e.g "broken windows" with "zero-tolerance policing" to make it seem different.