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BLAIR VOICES SUPPORT FOR 'ZERO TOLERANCE'

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Labour leader Tony Blair has shown a tough line on the homeless, in an interview in the Big Issue. ...
Labour leader Tony Blair has shown a tough line on the homeless, in an interview in the Big Issue.

As the Independent reports (p2), Blair says it is right to be 'intolerant of people homeless in the streets'. But he also says that the correct way to make people 'come off the streets' is to provide them with somewhere to go.

Voicing his support of the 'zero tolerance' policies pioneered in crime control in New York, he said: 'I'm saying we do have to make our streets safe for people. Obviously the way to do that is to tackle the reasons why those people are sleeping on the streets, why they're homeless or they're begging.

'If we end up ignoring that dimension, then you really do yield territory to those people who say 'just kick them out of town''.
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