Saturday, June 02, 2007

Missing the point - again

Blair's "politeness czar" has highlighted the lack of politeness prevalent in today's society - see here. I agree wholeheartedly with her assessment, but once again she echoes the government she works for (without being elected, I should add) by asking everyone except the individual to make more of an effort. Schools, companies and the media are all targeted, but once again individuals and parents aren't looked at.

Why can't this government try targeting individuals - are they really that scared of appearing unpopular? Can they not see the link between the growth in selfishness and anti-social behaviour on the one hand and the rise of the nanny state where it's everybody's fault except the individual? Where individual responsibility is constantly chipped at to the point we now see people acting the way they are?

I wonder if it's nature or nurture that makes these politicians and their overpaid advisers incapable of seeing what's right in front of their face?

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