People could be banned from their own homes for three months for being nuisance neighbours under the President’s latest "respect agenda" proposals.
Police may also get new powers to deliver on-the-spot fines, and there would be more parenting orders with the public able to demand tougher action from local police on anti-social behaviour.
While I’m not convinced that the latest raft of measures will improve on the other feeble headline grabbing initiatives on law and order that we have seen from the government I’m encouraged by one part of The action plan which would compel police officers and council officials to hold "face the people" sessions to explain what action they were taking.
Where local people were not satisfied, they could ask new local scrutiny committees to investigate through "community calls to action”, the police and other agencies would then have a duty to respond to the committees' findings.
The trouble is that thanks in part to the rapid dissolution of the role of the nuclear family under this government, we now have a lost generation who now have very little respect for anything or anyone but know very well what their rights are. I’m not sure we can easily reconcile a zero tolerance approach to anti social behaviour on the one hand with the misguided liberalism, crumbling criminal justice system and failed social experiment that dropped us in this present mess.
I think most of us know what kind of action is most likely to stop anti-social behaviour in its tracks and it’s certainly not a fear of ASBOS, tagging or even eviction. Once upon a time the local police might have resolved an antisocial problem in the back of a van but those bad old days have gone – except in Spain and France and Italy and well just about everywhere else in Europe except Germany perhaps – and we’re surprised that a small but disproportionately active minority of troublemakers in our society show no respect.
Sixteen ministers were dispatched around the country for photo opportunities to highlight the new measures. But Mr Blair encountered some scepticism at when a police officer said the measures would work only if the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts backed them up.
The officer remarked: "Respect? They can't even spell the word. What they need is to be named and shamed.
"But then even an Asbo is a badge of honour to some of these kids."
Respect can't exist in a moral vacuum, something that politicians, now appear to have forgotten.