Both Cameron and MilibandE gave speeches in schools today on the subject of the recent rioting and looting and both basically had the same message - the answer to the underlying problems is yet more government. CallingEngland has videos of both speeches (athough part 1 of Camerons speech has been duplicated and I could not find part 2 on youtube, hence the speech can be read here (although do note that certain sentences and phrases were omitted in the actual speech).
Cameron wishes to change the law on human rights - which will be a neat trick whilst we remain a member of the EU and subjected to rulings from the ECHR. MilibandE wants the eternal politician's answer of an inquiry and a national conversation as his method of resolving the problem.
One thing that MilibandE did say and which resonated with me was that we all bear a share of responsibility for the society we create. A great number of people have put forward a great number of reasons as the cause of the rioting and looting, ranging from education, multiculturalism, lack of respect for law and order, crime, behaviour - the list is virtually endless.
But when considering any of the reasons mentioned, ask yourself this: is there any one reason that cannot be traced back to a political decision? Decade after decade, when things go wrong in our society, we are informed the answer is more government resulting in yet more rules, more regulations, more laws. True to form, what are we going to get this time around? That's right - more government!
If we all bear a share of responsibility for the society we create, then how about a few political 'mea culpas'? How about admitting that frigging around with our education system was wrong; how about admitting that the imposition of multiculturalism was wrong; how about admitting that the police being taken over by those within their ranks with a hidden agenda encapsulating a common purpose was wrong; how about admitting that the policy of behaviour change was wrong; how about admitting that in just about every area of government the politicians themselves were wrong?
Come the next general election how about we show the present sorry, ineffectual and incompetent inhabitants of Westminster exactly how we really feel - that is if we have not in the meantime hung, drawn and quartered them!