Posted: 04/04/2014 at 20:47
Unfortunately the army that taught young men a trade is a thing of the past. They're in there long enough to do a couple of tours overseas and then they're out again and the next lot are recruited. By the time my friend had got used to the idea that her eldest was a soldier he was out again and her youngest was on his first tour!
And unfortunately we now have two generations of inadequates - you can't make an inadequate parent into a good one without a great deal of support. But support for struggling parents has been cut and cut in order to keep the Council Tax down.
And we won't solve the problems of young thugs on the streets by closing the police stations in rural areas and concentrating the few police there are in a police station 15 miles away, but that's what's happened in the area we're talking about. It can take police 45 minutes to respond to a call, if there's a squad car free. But that sort of policing keeps the Council Tax down.
And why do we have to keep the Council Tax down? Because governments of every colour have repeatedly cut their contribution to the local authority finances in real terms and capped any rise. It's easy for them to do that because it won't be the government that gets the blame - it'll be the local authority that gets the blame when they can't provide the services, like state education, that keep society functioning.