Thursday, 6 May 2010

News story of the week

“A teenager has escaped an ASBO and a ban on wearing his trousers so low that his underpants are visible because of the Human Rights Act.”

So it's not the best news story because he's escaped it – it was this comment from the director of the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch that made it: “As in this case, the term 'human rights' is frequently abused, rightly leading to ridicule. There is no human right to show people your pants. On the other hand, this Asbo is completely unenforceable. The proper punishment for the comically low-riding trousers favoured by some people is that we all think they look like idiots.”

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