Cameron: Time To Rebuild ‘broken Society’
August 15, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WITNEY, England, Aug. 15 (UPI) — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday he hopes to “turn around the lives of 120,000 most troubled families.”
“The broken society is back at the top of my political agenda,” Cameron said. “I have an ambition, before the end of this Parliament, we will turn around the lives of 120,000 most troubled families.”
The prime minister said many of those who rioted last week had grown up without fathers or male role models. He said all future domestic programs would be subject to a “family test.”
“The question people asked over and over again last week was, ‘Where are the parents?’ … Well, join the dots and you have a clear idea about why some of these young people were behaving so terribly. Either there was no one at home, they didn’t much care or they’d lost control.”
He pledged a “concerted, all-out war on gangs and gang culture.”
Cameron said the riots were not about race, as rioters were white, black and Asian, nor about government spending cuts or money.
“They were about behavior and moral breakdown and people without proper boundaries,” he said at a Witney, England, youth center.
Labor Leader Ed Miliband accused Cameron of resorting to “knee-jerk gimmicks”
“Day by day, the prime minister has revealed himself to be reaching for shallow and superficial answers, not the lasting solutions the country needs, based on the wisdom and insights of our communities,” he said. “Instant and simple judgments bring bad solutions.”