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Government is tightening the screw on young people's lives

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  • Monday, August 3, 2015
The phrase "turn of the screw" refers to an action that makes a bad situation worse, especially one that forces someone to do something. And one reason, perhaps, that prison officers are routinely known as "screws" is because of the mediaeval torture using thumbscrews - tightening them up to increase the pain. In just a generation, young people really have witnessed and experienced the turn of the screw.

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