Almost 250 MPs, of whom 80 were Conservatives, were prepared to support this initiative. This would have meant defeat for John Major's government, unthinkable in the midst of the Government's campaign for the local elections of 5 May, and at a time when the 'leadership crisis' still threatens Mr Major's position. But Mr Alton's amendment was so vaguely drawn up as to make the consequences too far-reaching.
Public opinion suggests there is a link between the behaviour of individuals and the spectacle that television provides (if not, why would advertisers spend such fortunes?) but specialists have always been divided on the question: does violence encourage violent behaviour? Child psychologists believe that children always identify with the perpetrators of violence, and never with their victims . . .
Le Monde, French daily