Over 350 campaigners, 15,000 supporters - a new political force is born. Mums’ Army is a pressure group which wishes to push the problem of antisocial behaviour higher up the political agenda, and keep it there.
Whatever the government says, antisocial behaviour continues to grow and is getting worse. We accept that the government is doing something, but we want to make sure that it’s not just words, it’s action.
Antisocial behaviour is a massive long-term problem. It is easy for the government to make a big fuss one day and to forget about it the next. Mums’ Army is here to make sure that they don’t forget about it, that they continue to combat it month after month, year after year.
We believe it has to be tackled on several levels:
More and better policing, with officers on the beat and local police stations who know their patch, answer the phone, react swiftly, and sympathise with the victim, not the culprit.
The balance of the law needs to come down in favour of the victim and not the yob. There is too much fuss about the yob’s human rights. What about the human rights of people to live in peace without the fear of intimidation?
To encourage a culture of learning amongst the young. For the balance of the law to be in favour of the teachers, not the yobs. Youngsters have to be taught discipline and respect for others.
To give support to parents who are trying to teach their children discipline and respect for others. Experienced parents can mentor and advise less experienced parents.
To re-establish traditional values in which young people are brought up to respect the vulnerable, the old and the disabled, rather than to treat them as easy victims. They should value the reciprocal support networks which create a successful neighbourhood or other community and should be shown the benefits of involvement.
We have a responsibility to young people. Boredom is often the cause of antisocial behaviour. More opportunities and facilities need to be created in order to stop young people from misbehaving.
To discourage commercial elements which encourage youngsters to bully and disrespect others - such as violent films, computer games, song lyrics, websites, and irresponsible television programmes. Then to be enforced with regulation and severe penalties for vendors who breech them.