The Upside to Public Spaces Protection Orders

A lot of people are talking about Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) but everybody seems to be focussing on the negatives of this quietly announced legislation when the truth of the matter is that the effect of a PSPO will lie entirely in the manner of its application. The crucial point to remember in this regard is that a PSPO can be imposed whenever and wherever there are persistent activities in a public place that can be demonstrated to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the local area.

This is, of course, just the latest in a string of contentious coalition policies which have had (or which threaten to have) a detrimental effect on the quality of life of many of those living in the locality of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Besides threatening the democratic right to peaceful protest, these also include: the denial of social mobility by the removal of free education; the worsening of child poverty by the dismantling of the welfare state; the destruction of our health system by the stealth-privatisation of the NHS; and the intentional division and fragmentation of our society by deliberately provoking fear and suspicion among disadvantaged social groups, such as the underpaid, the unemployed, immigrant communities and our unsurprisingly disenfranchised youth.

It might be worth pointing out at this juncture that the Palace of Westminster itself is a public place…


About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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1 Response to The Upside to Public Spaces Protection Orders

  1. vera ersilia says:

    Call it what you will – each country has a different terminology – this is happening everywhere in the Western world. Perheps less in the Scandinavian countries at this point. I see it as the fear of the people by the authorities : their measures are justified by the sacred name of ‘security’ but in fact they create more frustration and spirit of revolt. I even fear that the people have now acquired the habit of protest for its own sake. A vicious circle.

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