Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:56
These young people are the children of an underclass which has grown since the 80s; people who are alienated from the rest of society by an education which doesn't fit them for employment and their consequent inability to attain the material goods that society tells us we must have in order to be 'happy'. They don't value themselves or other people - they want 'respect' but have no idea what it means.
The damage done to many young people in the care system (remember I was employed by Social Services) doesn't suggest that it is a panacea for a troubled childhood, and the inadvisability of training troubled young men to fight is evidenced by the number of ex-soldiers in our prisons or selling Big Issues on our street corners. Exactly what benefit there is to be gained from prosecuting the parents of children who are already out of control I cannot imagine.
The only thing that will improve things is for those who govern this country to send their children to the schools that also educate the children of the sink estates - then those with power will ensure that all children have an education that fits them for life in the 21st century.