Nick Clegg mouths off:
It is time for people to own our criminal justice system once again. New community courts should be set up in every town and city in Britain. Those who commit minor but visible offences such as vandalism should have to explain themselves to victims and members of the community. Together they will be able to decide how offenders can make up for the damage they have caused.
Erm, we have these already. Called Magistrates Courts. Staffed by unpaid volunteers, serving their community.
And if Britain is to be prepared for emergencies, I believe we need to re-establish some form of civil defence organisation. It must be community-based, community-led and engage people. I want to explore how we get people to learn skills to serve their community, and share the skills they have, so when emergencies happen, from flooding to terrorism, it isn\’t just a small, professional elite who step up, it\’s everyone. As leader, I will set up a group to look at how best to structure this sort of community resilience force.
Someone tell him about St. John\’s Ambulance will they?
Could someone also tell me how advocating the replacement of a voluntary community organisation with a State led one is liberal in any manner?