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Ganging up

Gang culture is more damaging now than ever before, but how can we tackle it? asks Felix

21 November 2011

“Do you wanna be in my gang my gang my gang, do you wanna be in my gang? Oh yeah!” sang Gary Glitter hopefully back in the seventies. He also told us that he was “the leader, the leader, I’m the leader of the gang I am, oh yeah!” Hmm. Well things did not turn out too well for Gary in the end, and I don’t know if many people followed the leader too closely and through thick and thin after that. Strange times, the seventies. All I really thought I wanted to be was a roller and sing shang-a-lang as I ran with the gang and the doo-wup de doodie do why (etc).

The home secretary recently said – before everyone has got involved in the spat about how many terrorists made it into the country when nobody was looking – that she is keen to tackle the gang culture and we need to keep young children out of gangs. Well this has got to be right. Gone are the days when Gary’s gang would have been a bit of fun – him and the boys (“playing with my toys again”); no gang i...

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