Sunday, July 13, 2008

Straight Talk!

Dr Roy pointed me to this speech by David Cameron, it's worth reading.

What I want to know is, will Britain listen? Or are they lost? Because I know most of you will not click and read the whole article, here are some of the best parts:

"With over five million people in our country on out of work benefits, many of them on Incapacity Benefit, welfare dependency is now a crisis for the whole country, not just this corner of it.....

"A sixteen year-old boy stabbed in north London; a sixty year-old man sitting around in Easterhouse who's never had a job. A twenty-eight year-old woman stabbed in south London; a forty-eight year old woman dying from heart disease in Gallowgate.

"The thread that links it all together passes, yes, through family breakdown, welfare dependency, debt, drugs, poverty, poor policing, inadequate housing, and failing schools but it is a thread that goes deeper, as we see a society that is in danger of losing its sense of personal responsibility, social responsibility, common decency and, yes, even public morality....

"Imagine if there was a Government that understood, really understood, that encouraging personal and social responsibility must be the cornerstone of everything that it did and that every move it took re-inforced that view....

"Above all, I believe that this cultural change needs to start at home. The values we need to repair our broken society and to build a strong society are values that should be taught in the home, in the family.

"That is why I have put the family right at the heart of my programme. Action on knife crime. Better policing and criminal justice reform. Reforming schools. Reforming welfare. These are all vital components of the social reform we need so urgently.

"But in the end, the state cannot do it all. In the end, the best regulation is self-regulation, not state regulation. That's why the family comes first. That's where we can really turn things around and start to repair our broken society.

Clearly Cameron deserves to be elected. He is very direct about the problems facing Britain, it's time for change, not the limp wristed type of change Obama is talking about, real change, where families matter again. Maybe someone should send this speech to McCain and PM Harper, because common sense makes sense.

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