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It is good to see groups such as the Scouts being involved. I recall when Labour and LibDem councillors in London refused to have anything to do with the Scouts on the grounds that they were 'a militaristic organisation'.

What? He did something serious? Wonders will never cease.

Quite an impressive plan, can't see much wrong with it.

The "Boris/Tories can never do anything right" clan will pick holes in it I'm sure, or say that well he didn't think of it, or the usual drivel of those programmed to simply be anti Tory regardless of the actual policies.

But what can you do?

Quite like it, and if indeed it was Boris' own work then he deserves some credit for something. I'm critical of the Party at the moment but Boris is obviously not bored yet.

Whilst the Mayor’s plans clearly prioritise funding tackling youth violence, his commitments must go further to deal with the problem. He clearly understands the need to provide guidance and programmes to steer young people away from violence, gangs and knife crime, but there is simply not enough focus on this. Knife crime is cited as the tip of what the Mayor calls a “pyramid of violence”, but at Beatubullying we believe we need to see more real preventative work targeted at tackling the behaviours at the bottom of the pyramid.

At Beatbullying, we know that the anti-social behaviours at the bottom of the pyramid can escalate to more serious violent crime without suitable and sustained intervention. Instead of fire-fighting with the consequences once a young person has reached the tip of the pyramid, Beatbullying believes it is far more logical, and effective, to tackle the causes and problems that have led a young person to that position.

The Mayors vision of hope for the youth of London will only come to fruition with an integrated approach from parents, teachers and the third sector, all acknowledging the cold, hard facts of gateway behavior to work closely with the perpetrators to tackle bullying and youth violence head on helping to create a greater and safer capital.

The idea that a knife/gun-wielding young hoodlum is going to join the sea scouts is pretty much New Tory Paradigm writ large.

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