The verbal diarrhoea from the politicians over the riots in England continues apace with the various leaders of the political parties engaged in a series of oneupmanship press conferences where they trot out various platitudes and attack their opponents usually on the grounds that they haven’t/aren’t doing enough.
In a major speech addressing the causes of so-called “broken Britain”, the Prime Minister said yesterday that the Government’s attention would turn to addressing the problems caused by about 120,000 dysfunctional families.
However, within hours of Mr Cameron’s announcement, the Treasury confirmed it was pushing ahead with plans to strip more than a million families of child benefit from 2013.
The move announced by George Osborne at last year’s Conservative Party conference will lead to families with a higher earner losing more than £1,000 a year and has been criticised for penalising stay-at-home mothers.
His speech came as Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, broke the political consensus over the riots by accusing the Prime Minister of reaching for “shallow and superficial answers to the riots”.
“The politician’s instinct – reach for new legislation, appoint a new adviser, wheel out your old prejudices – will not meet the public’s demand for real answers and deep rooted, lasting solutions,” he said.
In this instance Milliband is quite right, though as a former Labour minister he should of course know this by heart, after all it was what Labour did for 13 years. What he isn’t of course telling us is why it wont meet the public’s demand for real answers and deep rooted, lasting solutions. Whilst the dysfunctional families are a problem to be sure, they are but a symptom of the malaise which has infected the UK over the last 50 years in which individual freedoms soared but responsibility went out of the window as the state took greater control over our lives and attempted to shape our freedoms by legislation and education until the freedoms we once took for granted have been overlaid with a web of laws giving an appearance of freedom via the Human Rights Act yet which only seem to exacerbate the problems we face as the law abiding amongst us watch the law being used to prevent justice rather than facilitate it.
What we have is an underclass of feral “citizens” being pandered too by the legal system and no amount of talk by the likes of Cameron or Milliband is going to change this as their hands are tied by EU legislation.
The reason Cameron has to reach for shallow and superficial answers is because that’s all he can offer. Meaningful change that goes against any EU legislation is impossible and the Human Rights Act along with our legal system will prevent any moves to correct the balance in the system back to the law abiding and the common sense of common law that prevailed in the UK before we became part of the EU disaster.
If we want to deal with the underclass then we have to remove their protected status, unless we leave the EU and scrap the HRA we can’t do that.
Cameron knows this as does Milliband all they can do is waste words on each other as they can’t or wont take us out.