We're too ready to tolerate yobs.
WLet's say he was thin and brutal of face, his eyes devoid of emotion, his hair greasy, his manner one of swaggering menace that, I suspect, would evaporate at the merest risk of meaning confrontation.
But, in the situation in which he found himself, he knew that opposition was unlikely.
In the city centre on a mid-afternoon with scores of shoppers pouring past, he stood with his face inches away from that of his girlfriend
and was ranting at her.
en he head-butted her, causing her skull to hit the plate glass window behind her.
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? WHAT a bitter irony that as I tweeted about the incident, one of my followers was watching Stephen Sutton's funeral on television.
Quite rightly he pointed out that Stephen and the city centre thug represented dierent ends of the spectrum of humanity. I know who I think has the lasting legacy.
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