Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.
Chatper 2: Joining Up to the New Labour Agenda
The continuities between the policies and practices of New Labour and the Conservative governments which they replaced are, looking back, quite clear to see, so it is easy to forget with what euphoria the end of 17 years of Conservative government was met in May 1997. Following an overwhelming Conservative defeat on 1 May the next day's newspapers were full of photographs of grim-faced former Cabinet ministers and backbenchers at the moment that they faced their very public fall from grace. While there was not exactly partying in the streets, those 43 per cent who voted Labour and others who played some part in the Conservative Party's downfall went about their business ...