Cameron and his hoofing around!

According to today's Guardian (if you want to buy a copy, see bottom left hand corner on front page), David Cameron is in trouble with fellow Conservative MP's because they are worried he may be making "policy on the hoof".
What like "Hug a hoodie", "Playing with huskies in Norway", and "Alienating the 'Daily Mail'!"?
This comes from a leaked e-mail from his PPS, Desmond Swayne. It's not the first time an e-mail from him to Cameron has leaked.

Comments

BCB Webmaster said…
And Neil Kinnock never had any trouble from some of his MPs when he reformed his party?!
Shaun (editor) said…
You know that it was Vernon Coaker, the Labour home minister, who first used the phrase "hug a hoodie" to mock Cameron's speech about the causes of youth crime. I thought the Left would welcome the debate. Instead Labour can only mock, because they believe that only they have a monopoly on discussing and resolving the causes of crime. So Labour has turned into a laughing matter.Do you still want to deny that Labour is very good at spinning and propaganda?
Barry Beef said…
Manic, you must have good microscopically good eyesight to see the Left.
Banning hoodies is, for me, not the final piece of the crime jigsaw. It's not even the corner piece! Labour doesn't have a moral monopoly on this issue but surely they have slightly more credibility - and by slightly I mean loads - as they have not voted against anti-social behaviour measures whilst the others have. What footing are they coming from?
For me, it is a demonstration that Class War is still evident in society and the Tories (sorry to generalise) simply do not undersntad the lower classes.
I put a lot of the phenomenon of youth crime down to Thatcher, her role in a minimalising society and community. I suppose Cameron couldn't say that though could he? Shame, cos there's a whole load of ppl - myself included - who feel this is the case.
Sorry for the rant and rest assured I'll be back in my gutter soon.
Shaun (editor) said…
Labour doesn't have a moral monopoly on this issue but surely they have slightly more credibility - and by slightly I mean loads - as they have not voted against anti-social behaviour measures whilst the others have. What footing are they coming from?

ASBOs effectively make Britain a police state. Not only is it slapped on people based on the flimsiest of evidence, it is easily open to abuse by policemen or vindictive complainants.

I put a lot of the phenomenon of youth crime down to Thatcher, her role in a minimalising society and community.

No, the rise in youth crime correlates with the extent to which society has experienced family breakdown. The increase of single working parents and decrease in housewives staying at home to look after their children means that more and more children are not receiving enough guidance, strictness and comfort in the process of growing up. If the mother is not at home after school to force the child to stay at home and do homework or something constructive, it is inevitable that they would end up on the street, doing destructive things under peer pressure (not mention the thousands or is it millions? who play truant each day).
Family breakdown is prevalent across other Western and European societies which is also experiencing worrying levels of youth crime. It is difficult to think of solutions to curb family breakdown without the state starting to interfere in people’s private lives.
Paul Burgin said…
Dunadan. Neil Kinnock did, but the problems were different

Barry's Beef and Manic. I actually agree with Manic that this breakdown is a general western malaise which goes beyond party politics. That said Barry, you are right in so far as Thatcher's social policies did not help!
And for what it's worth I don't see you as a constant gutter wallower!
Anonymous said…
I think cameron should be commended for trying to deal with a sensitive issue. As soon as he had spoken the Labour spinners were making him out to be soft on crime but he is right - the current government has been all too quick to punish young people without looking into the causes and the reasons why. It is always easier to try and stop the problem than look at the cause. Take depression for example, Prozac and other biological treatments may help the person in the short term but they do not treat the under-lying problems as to why the person is depressed.

Read my view of the hoody issue here.

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