Fifteen-year-old Wayne reckons he’s worked hard to acquire his ASBO status on the Walthamstow estate where he lives. He claims he’s made life a misery for ‘old geezers’ on the estate; he’s robbed ‘Paki corner shops’ more times than he’s had Big Macs; he’s set fire to tramps and even stoned babies to death in their prams. But now he feels let down by the coalition government which is planning to abolish the ASBO.
‘Now the government is threatening to finish with the ASBO award,’ he said. ‘And - get my meanin’? – I’m well gutted. I’ve worked hard to collect my ASBO. It’s the best qualification I’ve got.’
In a move reminiscent of John Lennon in the Sixties retuning his MBE to the Queen in protest at the Vietnam War, Wayne is ready to hand his hard-won ASBO back to Home Secretary Theresa May.
‘I’m going down to fuckin’ Maidenhead with a few mates to hand my ASBO back to that snotty cow,’ he said. ‘And we might do quite a bit of anti-social behaviour while be there, though it won’t quite be the same without an ASBO to look forward to.’