I’ve been wanting to write something about this latest bout of nonsense that our esteemed Prime Minister has come up with earlier this week, but frankly I’ve been too enraged to put thought to “Paper” as it were.
Now having read the speech in full I have a better understanding of where he was coming from. For those not in the know Cameron was giving a speech on the 400th anniversary of the King James bible, which was the third bible to be translated into English. Now as a book there is no doubting the importance of the KJ version. However to state that we are a Christian country was technically correct but grossly offensive and wrong on a practical level.
For the Prime minister his administration hasn’t had an easy ride. The largest outbreak of civil disobedience in a decade, skyrocketing unemployment and an economy that is terminal. He has taken us to war in Libya and won. He has also faced anger amongst his party for giving too much away to the Liberal Democrats their partners in crime and for sabotaging a vote on the UK’s role in the European union. So it is no wonder that in the last few weeks his stance has hardened considerably.
First he told the EU to get stuffed winning praise from his party and the press who are too wrapped up in their own xenophobia and fear of Brussels to see that his actions will undoubtedly come at a huge cost to the ordinary people of the country. His actions destroyed any political capital he gained over Libya and effectively sent Anglo-French relations back to 2003 levels. It isn’t a shock to see Cameron return to the talking points that saw him “elected” in 2010.
His most controversial theme remains this myth of a Broken Britain. It was on he used verbatim during the riots this summer, his belief that absent fathers, a dependence on benefits and “lax morals” resulted in it have been put under scrutiny not at least by the Guardian who have been running a pretty conclusive study (in association with the LSE) about the causes. The most conclusive came from the Children’s society that found 53% of rioters came from 20% of the most deprived areas in the uk. An MoJ study found that of the young riot defendants 64% came from the poorest fifth of areas and only 3% from the richest fifth. Now there is a correlation behind deprivation and some of the symptoms of this “broken Britain” it is likely that in a deprived area there will be high unemployment a dependence on benefits and youth crime. But this isn’t because of a lost sense of Morals that Cameron thinks we have.
This is because of government incompetence. Instead of saying Boo to Europe to save his mates in the city who, lets face it are the main cause of this epic 1930’s mess we’re in now Cameron should be doing everything in his power to help those less off. Instead of spending billions on a rail system no-one needs or dodgy tax tax deals with big corporations or even slashing the budget on those benefits people need he should be re-instating EMA with better controls so those that need it get it, he shouldn’t be cutting the disability benefits for those who cannot work, he shouldn’t be abandoning those who need help, writing off an entire generation of young people, people with hopes and potential to go onto great things and he shouldn’t be harking back to a 1950’s rosy cheek ideal. Unless of course he isn’t a sentimentalist and is indeed taking us back to a vilified youth and economic desperation. Cameron needs to remember the key lesson in Christianity. That of Faith and Charity and Hope.
If he want’s to be a Christian country that applies Christian morals then surely helping the needy is the main one. Not the money lenders at the temple.