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Date published: 2006/11/02

The BBC says:

Britain's teenagers are among the most badly behaved in Europe, a study by a think-tank has suggested.

On every indicator of bad behaviour - drugs, drink, violence, promiscuity - the UK was at or near the top, said the Institute for Public Policy Research.

The institute looked at the results of a number of studies of adolescents conducted in recent years.

The researchers believe the country's record can be explained by a collapse in family and community life in the UK.

Measured against German, French and Italian youngsters, British 15-year-olds are drunk more often and involved in more fights, and a higher proportion have had sex.

The institute says young Britons are marked out by how they spend their free time.

In England, 45% of 15-year-old boys spend most evenings out with their friends, and in Scotland the figure is 59%.

In France just 17% of boys spend their time in the same way.

IPPR is one of the many useless consultancies which plague the nation. First of all they are almost certainly comparing apples and oranges, since surveys across nations are difficult to do properly. Secondly this just sounds like the usual complaint of fossils that "the kids of today just aren't as good as when we were kids". The same trite report was no doubt written in 1996, 1986, 1976, 1966, ..., 1306, 1296, ..., so all rather pathetic. And isn't it wonderful that they take boys spending time with their friends as a negative thing. How dare those kids be sociable. No doubt the real aim of this study is to encourage government to become an even bigger control freak than it is already. And to steal even more money from people without kids so that people with kids can have more time off. The IPPR is a consultancy of New Labour luvvies so unfortunately has some connection with government policy.

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