As is usual over the holiday period and New Year, new documents sealed as official secrets hit the headlines. This year, we got more information about the Thatcher administration, and, in particular, how rave culture was managed away in the late 1980s.

I’m going to look at what it told us, how and why nightlife and alternative cultures get framed as a social problem, and what to do about it.

Nightlife as a ‘social order problem’

There is two ways officialdom (and by that I mean central government, the police, magistrates, the media, and local government) sees nightlife historically (Read more on Interurban Lines).