Leading Article: Meanwhile, back on the terraces

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The Independent Online
On the subject of new Labour, which party does Tom Pendry think he belongs to? There is everything old Labour about calling for a return to standing-only football terraces. Of course many fans yearn to go back to the bad old days when they could sway back and forth in tribal ranks, spilling beer over their little cousins, straining hopelessly to see the game, and terrifying everyone else to death. But the single biggest reason for families returning to football is the arrival of all-seater stadiums.

It is not just about Heysel and Hillsborough, this demand for all-seater stands: it is about civilised environments encouraging civilised behaviour. It's a pity Mr Pendry does not get the point.