I don't know where to turn. Watching the spectacle of Labour and David Cameron jousting over yoof gun crime has a certain grim fascination, but what is appalling is the recourse to statist control at every turn:
Tory leader David Cameron has called for more powers to "compel" fathers to look after their children in an effort to tackle gang culture.What's he going to do? Shackle them to their children? Publicly brand all sperm-donors?
John Reid said
he was looking at ways of toughening gun laws.They haven't been arrested, John, they've been shot. Dead! When you finally realise that the reason that Parliament allowed the police force to be established was to prevent crime rather than to detect it you might be some use as a Home Secretary, until then you're about as fit for purpose as a Scene of Crime Officer at Auschwitz.
"I have also asked my lawyers, the home office lawyers, to look at ways of possibly strengthening legislation and where appropriate, sentencing," he said.
Then Cameron called for a
"complete change in our values".Amazing how politicians keep calling for this, isn't it? If we listened to them, by now we'd presumably be using the zloty, counting in hexadecimal, speaking Attic Greek, wearing clogs and yodelling. As it is, we've had a nearly complete change of values foisted on us by stealth, but it's taken nearly 60 years and it's not going to be changed simply by someone calling for it (or legislating for it, for that matter).
He said: "I believe in marriage. I believe in people making a commitment to each other and staying together and trying to bring up their children properly."
Children were often attracted to gangs if they lacked a father figure, he added.
Mr Cameron said: "We have got to sit up and realise we are running things by the wrong values. We need to support families."
That's from a sitting-up position , is it?
It leaves me speechless.
Oh no! Failed another exam. We'll have to take a resit. Lucky these UNICEF things are always modular.
A Unicef report published this week put UK children at the bottom of a well-being league table of 21 industrialised countries.
Mr Cameron told a youth organisation in Oxfordshire this meant society was in "deep trouble".
I don't know which is worse, listening to Margaret Thatcher deny the existence of society or Cameron cosying up to it in the hope of being elected. The state has enacted and institutionalised a whole raft of attacks on the family as an oppressive and failed institution. In the way of bad governments, most of these have appealed to some large special interest group which means they are now very hard to repeal. Any attempt to make more than cosmetic changes would have people racing for the Human Rights Act, yet, without radical amendment, little will change. In short, it looks like more political knockabout with the electorate receiving all the custard pies.