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Worried about a curfew being created

Sholay09Sholay09 NoobBirmingham, EnglandPosts: 106 The Mix Convert
Hello I am starting to become more extremely anxious about when someone did a petition on change.org calling for a curfew to be created for all young people in this country. I do not want this to happen at all or the young people would not want this either as the curfew will not really work or solve anything at all and it will just make things even more worse like it will just criminalise young people. Also I sometimes worry that the curfew might extend to people under the age of 25 or even up to the age of 30 in the future and I think if that was to ever happen it would be even more stupid and ridiculous. Please help me as 8,203 out of 10,000 people so far has signed it and I now worry that it might actually happen! 


  • *BananaMonkey**BananaMonkey* Lyrical Poster Posts: 5,427 Part of The Furniture
    hey Sholay,

    Sorry to hear about how your feeling,

    I don't really know what to say, but I wouldn't worry too much about it until you know. I guess it's easier said than done, 

    If your feeling really anxious about it, maybe a chat with you GP about how your feeling could help you, or somebody else you trust :heart:
    " And everywhere I am, there you'll be, your love made me make it through, oh I owe so much to you "
    " So I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing, who can live without it, I ask in all honestly what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me "
    '' It's a beautiful day and I can't stop myself from smiling "
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 3,029 Boards Guru
    edited December 2018
    Hey Sholay,

    I wanna echo BananaMonkey and say I'm sorry that you struggle with such anxiety, and that if you're distressed day in and day out you might find it helpful to approach your GP if you haven't already and start the process of getting help <3

    To ease your worry about this particular issue, I'd like to reassure you that change.org is not an official petitioning tool for the UK government, rather https://petition.parliament.uk/ is. Many petitions are made, some are worthwhile causes and are used to demonstrate public opinion on issues to the government, but others are created by small minorities with an agenda which with only about 8,000 signatories this one looks to be.

    It's unlikely to reach the government in a format they will accept, and it's also unlikely to be made law as it's very discriminatory and totalitarian and contradicts what UK law fights for- and would overtask the police service further.

    The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime responded to this petition as such:

    "While MOPAC is very grateful for this petition, they do not feel that creating a curfew for all young people will be effective in reducing knife crime in London." 

    So I hope that is encouraging to here!

    I'm sorry about how you are feeling, I hope you can get some respite soon!

    Take care,
    Aidan (:
    but idk tho
  • ArianaAriana Posts: 193 Boards Initiate
    Hi @Sholay09 I'm really sorry to hear you're worried about this. But I really think that there is no chance of such a curfew actually coming into effect, however many signatures the petition gets. Quite honestly, our government has so much else to worry about and put its time and resources into right now that something like this wouldn't even rank on their list of things to do.

    Also our voting system may be unrepresentative, but we do essentially still live in a democracy, and a curfew set on all people under a certain age would break all the fundamental standards of a democratic state. It could only ever happen in a dictatorship. And thankfully our modern constitution ensures that that (theoretically) can't ever happen. 
  • Sholay09Sholay09 Noob Birmingham, EnglandPosts: 106 The Mix Convert
    Thank you Ariana for being helpful as I want for young people to have more rights and freedom to choose what they want to do now and in the future and also be able and be allowed to make more of their own decisions without anything being compulsory for them as nothing should be compulsory at all and that everything should be optional or a choice as it is one of our human rights. Also no one should be told what to do or be forced to do something they don't want to do and nothing should be any pressure for anyone including young people.
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