Respect this

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Guardian – Blair pledges crackdown on yobs: In the first press conference of his third term, the prime minister promised white papers on health and education modernisation by the autumn, and a major speech on “respect in society” within weeks.

1. War on yobs had to be on Murdoch’s wish-list

2. Respect? Like showing respect for Iraqis by keeping track of how many civilians were shot or blown up? Like showing respect for our soldiers by visiting the wounded in hospital (or maybe writing a letter as nice as the one he rushed out Ozzy Osbourne when he fell off his quadbike)? Perhaps he’s referring to something as far-fetched as respect for the law. Or respect for the rights and dignity of other human beings (which means you shouldn’t throw eggs at their house or boil them alive).

3. Respect this.

4. Personally, I can’t think of a better way of fostering a culture of respect than by reinstating David Blunkett after a few short months… and then putting him in charge of Child Support.

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