In this stunning piece of "think of the children" liberal, namby pamby scratchings...
"A report for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies says too many children are prosecuted and criminalised."
Oh really? Perhaps they should be taught some respect then? Perhaps they should be taught right from wrong by their parents?
"You run the risk of labelling them as criminals. They begin to see themselves as delinquents, others treat them as delinquents, and very quickly you are in a cycle that youngsters find it very difficult to break out of."
Well, if they're being bad wee bastards, then that's what they're being. A spade is a spade. Calling it something different doesn't change the situation any.
Bring back the Lochgelly tawse.