Given Monbiot’s attitude to the truth these laws are equally likely to do the precise opposite of everything he says, but assuming he’s relayed the facts accurately this recent article does us a service:
These laws will be used to stamp out plurality and difference, to douse the exuberance of youth, to pursue children for the crime of being young and together in a public place, to help turn this nation into a money-making monoculture, controlled, homogenised, lifeless, strifeless and bland.
Of course, he takes a few digs at the coalition and frames the debate uneccessarily in class terms, but this is in the Guardian. For balance, I hauled up a bit more on this from Spiked and found the Bill itself. On it’s face the following reassuring blurb:
Secretary Theresa May has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of theHuman Rights Act 1998:In my view the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.