Saturday, February 17, 2007

Teenage Assassins

I am almost lost for words about the events of the past week, apart from the following:

1) We need to toughen the sentences on teenagers with handguns

2) The whole issue is widespread and has it's roots in a variety of areas. To tackle this goes beyong party politics

3) I don't agree with David Cameron. Britain is not a broken society. Scratched, bruised, knocked about a bit, but definetly not broken. If we were we wouldn't be shocked at what has happened. Still I've got to take my hat off to him for being a genius at finding quick and ready solutions to the problem (that is not to say that whilst in some cases he has correctly identified some of the problems, it is not as simple as he has made out and I have the horrible feeling that he is turning this issue into a political football)


Miranda said...

There is also an issue regarding these young men's poverty of aspiration. I find it incomprehensible that someone will kill another person because they feel that person walked on the wrong side of the road and invaded their "territory". We need young people to be taken out of this ridiculous environment and shown some other experiences. I definitely want young people in Leyton to know that a world exists outside our ward and want them to experience it - that's why Labour defending the Mayor of London's free travel for under-18s was so important. These kids should also be shown what real "power" is by being taken to the City, to Westminster and to the places where the decisions that govern their lives are made. We're trialing lots of residential trips in my borough where boys can get some mentoring, realise their anger and discuss the issues. So far, it seems to be working but one of the best solutions is the one the national politicians seem to yawn about whenever it's raised - we need More Youth Clubs.

Paul Burgin said...

Perhaps because they think it should be down to the local councils.
Personally I agree, but also more should be done about parental discipline, and esp school discipline.

Jonathan said...

When he was interviewed on the Today Programme on Friday I thought that David Cameron did well NOT to turn the issue into a political football and that on this occasion it seems to be Tony Blair that is coming up with the quick solutions.

Miranda said...

That's the problem, Paul, a lot of these kids only have one parent and that parent is usually overworked and overburdened. There's a lso a problem in having no male role models around apart from the wrong ones. I think it's up the state - and by that I mean people like me who are now part of "the system" to lobby as corporate parents on these children's behalf.

Paul Burgin said...

Well there were one or two occasions, not on the Today programme I might add, when I thought Cameron was playing politics with this issue. But being a member of the Labour Party you tend to watch out for these things.
Miranda you are right, but one or two of those who were killed had both parents, although it also looks like they came from a good home. It's down to a variety of things. Homelife, good schooling, good local community (many communities in terms of town areas and villages are fragmented), etc..