Today David Cameron faced the press outside 10 Downing Street and gave one of his 'tough' speeches. It was the usual speech about not tolerating the looters, the courts had sat overnight, they will all get jail sentences...in fact a speech that would appeal to the electorate who want to hear words like that.
David Cameron is very good at letting the electorate hear the words that they want to hear. Remember his 'bonfire of quangos', his 'British Bill of Rights' or the capping of the salaries of town hall fatcats. The problem is that they are just words and nothing ever changes. He mentions water cannon but then adds 'at 24 hours notice'. What good is that? Does he expect these riots to last 24 hours?
He then mentioned prison sentences but has he told the judges or the prison service? Ken Clarke keeps letting people out early because we don't have enough prison places for them. So how have we found more and why now? Has he overnight changed the sentencing criteria to accommodate the rioters?
The problem between the Met Police and the black community has long been publicized. On one side we have the gangs that are probably responsible for much of the armed crime, drug running and crass behaviour in London and on the other a police force that I wouldn't trust to walk my dog. There are bound to be tensions!
If we want to solve this problem we must meet it head on. Bring the parents into the court and demand to know why these kids were out of control. Then punish the parents. Make them responsible for the discipline of their children. If the children are prepared to see their parents go to prison because of their actions then we know where the fault lies.
Then we must sort out education in these London boroughs. Get some inspectors to drop in and witness what goes on in the classrooms. Root out the bad teachers and reward the good ones. Not so long ago I posted about Miss Birbalsingh who spoke up at the Conservative party conference and was sacked for her troubles. These ghetto kids need good role models. I read today that there are about 1000 vacant apprenticeships in the London area which nobody wants.
We must begin to include these people in this new society. It is not my society. I never asked for it but the politicians created it and now they must deal with it. If you ignore so many people they will one day react. Don't leave it to the black community leaders get people in who have influence. To start with there are a lot of natural linguists in these communities. Use them! Some of these kids can speak three or four languages and are unemployed.
Children must learn that being clever is nothing to be ashamed of. We must change the ethos of our education system and until we do we will continue to have the scenes we have recently witnessed in London.