"Collectivism doesn't work because it's based on a faulty economic premise. There is no such thing as a person's "fair share" of wealth. The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless."
P. J. O'Rourke, "How to Explain Conservatism" (Applicable not just to wealth)
As the rioting and looting continues, coupled with our politicians continuing condemnation, it will not be long before the old mantra of "lessons being learnt" will be the next 'public soothing statement' to appear from the politicians, police, charities and every other 'stakeholder'.
It is obvious, as I posted here, who is to blame for the present state of affairs and one does have to ask how many years practise do our politicians require before they do get things right? It cannot be beyond the wit of even the most brain-dead politician to have realized, at the outset, that taking away the right of teachers to discipline unruly children can only create problems for them and for society in later years. It cannot be beyond the wit of those same brain-dead politicians to have realized that allowing a culture in which being aware of the sensitivities of ethnic groups dictates how the police handle insurrection creates a situation wherein lawbreakers can understandably feel a sense of freedom to do as they wish.
Even now, when we witness the public coming together to defend their own property and streets (surely the Big Society in action), the Met Police then warn the public against forming groups intent on vigilante justice. Just who mentioned those groups being intent on vigilante action? They stated they were intent on protecting their property and protecting their streets from those looting and rioting - nothing more. So, if in the process of restraining a few lawbreakers, those lawbreakers suffer a few bruises - the problem is........?
Part of the problem is also the conditions under which lawbreakers - well, at least those lawbreakers that suffer a commital sentence - are housed. A report from the BBC states that the Inspector of Prisons has condemned Wandsworth Prison for being "unsafe and demeaning", citing reasons ranging from the amount of time prisoners were locked-up to the fact that black and ethnic minorities were "disadvantaged". Interestingly, policies which don't appear to be having any significant effect, such as retraining and resettlement were praised. A situation that arises whereby a period of punishment results in a better living standard than that experienced at home cannot logically have any deterrent effect..
The fact that certain politicians (stand up Harriet Harman - who else?) just cannot seem to talk about rioting and looting without mention 'cuts', loss of EMA, etc as 'causes' can only illustrate the lack of thinking politicians have.
Charles Crawford, writing on the Commentator website has an article well worth reading, in which he states:
"Thus every day in every way our society is infiltrated by divisive sneering. Most of it emanates from publicly funded organisations captured by the sneering classes (universities, BBC, NGOs, local councils, quangos). And over the years the consequences of this tsunami of state-subsidised sneering compound up, not least in the way people think about what they themselves represent in society and what society ‘owes’ to them. This in turn gnaws at deepest instincts of personal self-respect. How dare the government make ‘cuts’? It’s my money, especially if I have done nothing to earn it!....[......].... And that’s the most ruinous feature of the Labour Party’s support for the unrelenting deconstruction of British values. It has created ignorant, violent decontextualised people completely detached from history - and morality." (Emphasis mine)
The same question can be posed to Cameron, MilibandE, Clegg and every one of their ilk; because whilst it is accepted that lawbreakers must have their human rights respected, such a belief means that there can be no effective punishment for crime. Any person suffering a commital sentence has commited an act which shows their disdain for the benefits of the society in which they live, so why should they continue to enjoy those benefits? On the basis that ridicule from one's fellow man is the most hurtful experience anyone can suffer, how about taking a leaf out of the punishment regime of the United States? How about immediately on sentence, rioters and looters are promptly sent straight out in chain-gangs to clear up the mess they have caused? Harsh? Maybe, but: as you sow, so shall you reap. That in itself should go some way to reducing the bill that society has to pay for the actions of idiots!
One thing is plain - our society has been reduced to a nadir through the actions of politicians practising social-engineering in the areas of education, crime and punishment, aided and abetted by their coterie of quangos, charities and civil servants; all of whom appear to have a common purpose. On the basis of the old adage that a leopard never changes it spots, methinks we need a new set of politicians, ones who are also prepared to reform a totally failed system of government.