Nick Cohen pinpoints exactly what’s wrong with ASBOs:
Take the case of the Manchester prostitute who was ordered not to carry condoms. She went to her drug clinic. It wanted to give prostitutes condoms for sound public- health reasons. It handed her some, she was arrested and now faces jail.
Or the story of the 18-year-old who was ordered not to congregate with three or more people. The order was meant to stop him hanging about on street corners and joining a gang. He went to a youth club instead, where there were more than three people and was duly arrested.
No other democratic country imprisons people for carrying condoms or going to youth clubs because no other democratic country has anything like Asbos.