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Star date: 12th August 2011

BLAME THE PARENTS!!!

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Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron

Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality?

As a young man, he was in a gang that regularly smashed up private property. We know that you were absent parents who left your child to be brought up by a school rather than taking responsibility for his behaviour yourselves. The fact that he became a delinquent with no sense of respect for the property of others can only reflect that fact that you are terrible, lazy human beings who failed even in teaching your children the difference between right and wrong. I can only assume that his contempt for the small business owners of Oxford is indicative of his wider values.

Even worse, your neglect led him to fall in with a bad crowd.

There's Michael Gove, whose wet-lipped rage was palpable on Newsnight. This is the Michael Gove who confused one of his houses with another of his houses in order to avail himself of £7,000 of the taxpayers' money to which he was not entitled (or £13,000, depending on which house you think was which).

Or Hazel Blears, who was interviewed in full bristling peahen mode for almost all of last night. She once forgot which house she lived in, and benefited to the tune of £18,000. At the time she said it would take her reputation years to recover. Unfortunately not.

But, of course, this is different. This is just understandable confusion over the rules of how many houses you are meant to have as an MP. This doesn't show the naked greed of people stealing plasma tellies.

Unless you're Gerald Kaufman, who broke parliamentary rules to get £8,000 worth of 40-inch, flat screen, Bang and Olufsen TV out of the taxpayer.

Or Ed Vaizey, who got £2,000 in antique furniture 'delivered to the wrong address'. Which is fortunate, because had that been the address they were intended for, that would have been fraud.

Or Jeremy Hunt, who broke the rules to the tune of almost £20,000 on one property and £2,000 on another. But it's all right, because he agreed to pay half of the money back. Not the full amount, it would be absurd to expect him to pay back the entire sum that he took and to which he was not entitled. No, we'll settle for half. And, as in any other field, what might have been considered embezzlement of £22,000 is overlooked. We know, after all, that David Cameron likes to give people second chances.

Fortunately, we have the Met Police to look after us. We'll ignore the fact that two of its senior officers have had to resign in the last six weeks amid suspicions of widespread corruption within the force.

We'll ignore Andy Hayman, who went for champagne dinners with those he was meant to be investigating, and then joined the company on leaving the Met.

Of course, Mr and Mrs Cameron, your son is right. There are parts of society that are not just broken, they are sick. Riddled with disease from top to bottom.

Just let me be clear about this (It's a good phrase, Mr and Mrs Cameron, and one I looted from every sentence your son utters, just as he looted it from Tony Blair), I am not justifying or minimising in any way what has been done by the looters over the last few nights. What I am doing, however, is expressing shock and dismay that your son and his friends feel themselves in any way to be guardians of morality in this country.

Can they really, as 650 people who have shown themselves to be venal pygmies, moral dwarves at every opportunity over the last 20 years, bleat at others about 'criminality'. Those who decided that when they broke the rules (the rules they themselves set) they, on the whole wouldn't face the consequences of their actions?

Are they really surprised that this country's culture is swamped in greed, in the acquisition of material things, in a lust for consumer goods of the most base kind? Really?

Let's have a think back: cash-for-questions; Bernie Ecclestone; cash-for-access; Mandelson's mortgage; the Hinduja passports; Blunkett's alleged insider trading (and, by the way, when someone has had to resign in disgrace twice can we stop having them on television as a commentator, please?); the meetings on the yachts of oligarchs; the drafting of the Digital Economy Act with Lucian Grange; Byers', Hewitt's & Hoon's desperation to prostitute themselves and their positions; the fact that Andrew Lansley (in charge of NHS reforms) has a wife who gives lobbying advice to the very companies hoping to benefit from the NHS reforms. And that list didn't even take me very long to think of.
Our politicians are for sale and they do not care who knows it.

Oh yes, and then there's the expenses thing. Widescale abuse of the very systems they designed, almost all of them grasping what they could while they remained MPs, to build their nest egg for the future at the public's expense. They even now whine on Twitter about having their expenses claims for getting back to Parliament while much of the country is on fire subject to any examination. True public servants.

The last few days have revealed some truths, and some heartening truths. The fact that the #riotcleanup crews had organised themselves before David Cameron even made time for a public statement is heartening. The fact that local communities came together to keep their neighbourhoods safe when the police failed is heartening. The fact that there were peace vigils being organised (even as the police tried to dissuade people) is heartening.

There is hope for this country. But we must stop looking upwards for it. The politicians are the ones leading the charge into the gutter.

David Cameron was entirely right when he said: "It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to think that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities, and that their actions do not have consequences."

He was more right than he knew.
And I blame the parents.

 

Photos by Joe Patricolo

 

the pimpernelle wrote
at 21:00:40 on 12 August 2011
Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron. couldn't have put it better myself
 
Edmund de la Croix wrote
at 21:00:31 on 12 August 2011
Hopefully what we are now seeing will lead to the end of this discredited and unsustainable corrupt society . Thatcher is to blame for much of today's social ills , hers was the ' greed is good society ' . This allowed the corrupt bankers to gamble away the county's wealth , allowed the corrupt MPs to stuff their pockets with taxpayers money , allowed robber-baron local councils to fund waste , excess and squander with impunity . These bastards collectively would rob a corpse , and , if not protected by corrupt legislation which is UK law , would all be rotting in gibbets , and rightly so .
 
tate wrote
at 13:45:08 on 12 August 2011
In reality society has produced this society. MPS yearn for better lifestyles, better houses, luxury goods and the reality is they can have all of that whenever they choose at the publics expense. They are a massive part of this must have society. I will not take the moral high ground from Blears and her ilk who with their life style choices have no right to the debate on recent events. the politicians who hot footed back to the uk from their Tuscan villas deserve no respect. this only emphasises how highly they value material goods.
 
Ernie Millan wrote
at 13:45:01 on 12 August 2011
The truth is spoken .We now have blears asking why kids are not in school - in august . Like the MPscum , august is a holiday for school kids . Pillock . When this corrupt society drags the corrupt MP expense cheats and fraudsters to court and on to jail , some respect may return . BUT I VERY MUCH DOUBT IT .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 13:43:36 on 12 August 2011
Great point. And also not to condone looting, but as far as I know none of the rioters hang round with people who hack murdered children's phones (with ref to MPs and coppers and their cosy relationship with non UK tax payer Rupert Murdoch). I never thought I'd say this on this site but even the Torygraph has a good article on the sheer hypocrisy of parliament: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100100708/the-moral-decay-of-our-society-is-as-bad-at-the-top-as-the-bottom/#dsq-content
 
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