Toughness to be backed by understanding, says Mayor
BORIS JOHNSON has gone retro in his battle against villainy, dragging up New Labour's 1997 hit melody Tough on Crime, Tough on the Causes of Crime, for another spin.
"We need to be tough on any criminal activity, and there is no substitute for strong policing solutions," said the Tory London mayor today. "But we need to help these youngsters before their lives go irretrievably wrong."
"Their cockiness often masks a fragility and anger that no one has taken the trouble to give them discipline or hope."
To help prevent youngsters from falling into bad ways, Johnson is especially keen to improve sporting facilities and has previously stated that teaching kids ancient Greek and Latin would be an ace crime-busting measure.
Apart from the stress on the healing effects of classics, there is one big difference between Johnson's approach and that of the Labour party, in that he expects the investment in new facilities to come as much from charity as the public purse.
The Mayor's Fund for London, designed to raise funds from private sources for local charity groups, is due to start next year, though past evidence shows charitable donations take a huge hit during recessions.