Editorial: bully for that

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24th January, 2013
Haul bullies off by the ear and try to teach them a lesson? That’s the unlikely response of the ultra-liberal Dutch to the pernicious problem of intimidation and hate speech on low-income housing estates. It’s a new school of thinking about seemingly intractable social problems that’s achieving global resonance and it deserves consideration here. Increasingly appalled by the misery and fear wrought by a minority of residents on the peaceable, law-abiding majority on its housing estates, Amsterdam has been trialling what have become colloquially – and wildly inaccurately – labelled ...

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