Quote [98] – The Labour Party And Its Dance With The Right Wing Press

At the party conference, the new Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, declared that there should be ‘no excuses’ for cases such as hers, and that government needed to do ‘much, much more’ to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Johnson succeeding Smith at the Home Office in June 2009 gave a fresh impetus to the agenda, but far more energy came from Brown’s realisation that embracing it would be a popular rallying cry with the right-wing press as the election approached, and most important of all, that it would appeal to the manual working class, whose communities were blighted by this behaviour.

Only late in the day did Brown understand what Blair had understood fifteen years before – that the working class are the main sufferers from lawlessness.

Brown at 10 – Anthony Seldon
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