Letter: Justice and juvenile crime

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Sir: Many people have attacked the Prime Minister's remarks on juvenile crime. I have heard his remarks described as the most imbecilic by a public figure since 'Let them eat cake'.

I regard them as forming the foundation of an entirely new philosophy. I would like the motto 'Rather condemn than understand' to be emblazoned on the doorways of all schools, mental institutions, children's homes, old-age homes, courts and even Parliament itself.

I need hardly add that I have adopted this philosophy with my own children. I have even modified it and apply it to electronic toys and gadgets. If your fax machine breaks down, hit it with a hammer.



London, EC4

2 March