Sunday, April 29, 2007

Who's right: Blair or Cameron?

Today's Independent has a fascinating article on how Blair and Cameron plan to tackle anti-social behaviour - see here. Cameron puts the responsibility firmly in the hands of the parents; Blair wants schools to take it on. There's merit in both arguments - ultimately, Cameron's approach is best: stop nannying people and let them be responsible for the children they produce, but in the short term Blair's approach feels attractive, simply because there are generations of parents for whom it's too late. But once the baton of responsibility is passed to the school, it's very difficult to hand it back to the parents.

Hmm, we have an over-populated planet, and a generation of "lost" parents for whom oxygen stealing is the least of their crimes. Don't go there, Nicholas...

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