An Open Letter to David Camerons Parents(28 Posts)
Dear Mr & Mrs Cameron,
Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality?
As a young man, he was in a gang that regularly smashed up private property. We know that you were absent parents who left your child to be brought up by a school rather than taking responsibility for his behaviour yourselves. The fact that he became a delinquent with no sense of respect for the property of others can only reflect that fact that you are terrible, lazy human beings who failed even in teaching your children the difference between right and wrong. I can only assume that his contempt for the small business owners of Oxford is indicative of his wider values.
Even worse, your neglect led him to fall in with a bad crowd.
Theres Michael Gove, whose wet-lipped rage was palpable on Newsnight last night. This is the Michael Gove who confused one of his houses with another of his houses in order to avail himself of £7,000 of the taxpayers money to which he was not entitled (or £13,000, depending on which house you think was which).
Or Hazel Blears, who was interviewed in full bristling peahen mode for almost all of last night. She once forgot which house she lived in, and benefited to the tune of £18,000. At the time she said it would take her reputation years to recover. Unfortunately not.
But, of course, this is different. This is just understandable confusion over the rules of how many houses you are meant to have as an MP. This doesnt show the naked greed of people stealing plasma tellies.
Unless youre Gerald Kaufman, who broke parliamentary rules to get £8,000 worth of 40-inch, flat screen, Bang and Olufsen TV out of the taxpayer.
Or Ed Vaizey, who got £2,000 in antique furniture delivered to the wrong address. Which is fortunate, because had that been the address they were intended for, that would have been fraud.
Or Jeremy Hunt, who broke the rules to the tune of almost £20,000 on one property and £2,000 on another. But its all right, because he agreed to pay half of the money back. Not the full amount, it would be absurd to expect him to pay back the entire sum that he took and to which he was not entitled. No, well settle for half. And, as in any other field, what might have been considered embezzlement of £22,000 is overlooked. We know, after all, that David Cameron likes to give people second chances.
Fortunately, we have the Met Police to look after us. Well ignore the fact that two of its senior officers have had to resign in the last six weeks amid suspicions of widespread corruption within the force.
Well ignore Andy Hayman, who went for champagne dinners with those he was meant to be investigating, and then joined the company on leaving the Met.
Of course, Mr and Mrs Cameron, your son is right. There are parts of society that are not just broken, they are sick. Riddled with disease from top to bottom.
Just let me be clear about this (Its a good phrase, Mr and Mrs Cameron, and one I looted from every sentence your son utters, just as he looted it from Tony Blair), I am not justifying or minimising in any way what has been done by the looters over the last few nights. What I am doing, however, is expressing shock and dismay that your son and his friends feel themselves in any way to be guardians of morality in this country.
Can they really, as 650 people who have shown themselves to be venal pygmies, moral dwarves at every opportunity over the last 20 years, bleat at others about criminality. Those who decided that when they broke the rules (the rules they themselves set) they, on the whole wouldnt face the consequences of their actions?
Are they really surprised that this countrys culture is swamped in greed, in the acquisition of material things, in a lust for consumer goods of the most base kind? Really?
Lets have a think back: cash-for-questions; Bernie Ecclestone; cash-for-access; Mandelsons mortgage; the Hinduja passports; Blunketts alleged insider trading (and, by the way, when someone has had to resign in disgrace twice can we stop having them on television as a commentator, please?); the meetings on the yachts of oligarchs; the drafting of the Digital Economy Act with Lucian Grange; Byers, Hewitts & Hoons desperation to prostitute themselves and their positions; the fact that Andrew Lansley (in charge of NHS reforms) has a wife who gives lobbying advice to the very companies hoping to benefit from the NHS reforms. And that list didnt even take me very long to think of.
Our politicians are for sale and they do not care who knows it.
Oh yes, and then theres the expenses thing. Widescale abuse of the very systems they designed, almost all of them grasping what they could while they remained MPs, to build their nest egg for the future at the publics expense. They even now whine on Twitter about having their expenses claims for getting back to Parliament while much of the country is on fire subject to any examination. True public servants.
The last few days have revealed some truths, and some heartening truths. The fact that the #riotcleanup crews had organised themselves before David Cameron even made time for a public statement is heartening. The fact that local communities came together to keep their neighbourhoods safe when the police failed is heartening. The fact that there were peace vigils being organised (even as the police tried to dissuade people) is heartening.
There is hope for this country. But we must stop looking upwards for it. The politicians are the ones leading the charge into the gutter.
David Cameron was entirely right when he said: It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to think that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities, and that their actions do not have consequences.
He was more right than he knew.
And I blame the parents.
You might want to address that to Mrs Cameron only.
However, I also see, Mr and Mrs Cameron that your Davie Bubbles cherub of a son has just sanctioned the Water Cannon to use on those horrid, horrid, despicable proles, which is indeed a noble
thang decision. However, I am trusting that this will not be enforced when we are under a 'hose ban'? Suffer not my precious Chrysanthemums adorning my ornamental ducking stool lake? I am certain that you will appreciate my concern.
Yours in fretful anticipation.
Think the phrase 'two wrongs don't make a right' is pertinent.
OP I take it you support these rioters/criminals low life?
"Think the phrase 'two wrongs don't make a right' is pertinent."
Maybe so but "what goes around comes around" comes to mind along with "lead by example" and maybe "people who live in glass houses" and also "practise what you preach"
Pretty sick as his Dad died recently.
I wouldn't waste my time trying to defend low life rioters - and I question the intelligence of those who try.
Gang who regularly smashed up private property? Really?
Parents exercised their free will to send him to boarding school. Sorry - should people not have a choice any longer.
There is normally two sides to a situation, but I can't see any justification for looting and stealing high end designer clothes and electrical goods.
"Parents exercised their free will to send him to boarding school. Sorry - should people not have a choice any longer."
And the unemployed or minimum wage earners have that choice do they no just the rich, you know the type offshore trust fund tax avioders ie Gideon and Dave and Ed
"I wouldn't waste my time trying to defend low life rioters - and I question the intelligence of those who try."
And I would question the intellgence of anyone who does not consider the effects of socio economic deprivation, despair and the prospect of no future opportunities that are available to the middle and upper classes on this situation.
I am white, middle class and live in the leafy suburbs and have never been stopped and searched in my life. I doubt many black youths or men living in places like Tottenham or Toxteth going about their lawful business can say the same.
I doubt the way the Police in those areas treat and harrass the "low lifes" as you call them adds to community calm and trust of the Police.
I understand the Police want a new offences called "driving whilst black" and "being black in a built up area after dark"
Bullingdon club indeed a bunch of "low life" thugs who really really cannot blame their poor and deprived backgrounds.
Maybe this does prove that scum come from all backgrounds.
If you want to quote 'lead by example' I think the spotlight should be more on the role models that a lot of young people genuinely look up to... the celebrities, footballers, WAGs and reality TV stars that appear to have everything in return for doing very little in return. MPs haven't covered themselves in glory in recent years and many of us were bread-roll-throwing, traffic-cone-stealing students in our past but I don't honestly think the kids emptying Footlocker were thinking "Sir Peter Viggers MP, who I admire greatly, swindled the system claiming for a duck house and therefore it is my civil duty, in a quid pro quo fashion, to rob a pair of Nike Air"
God, this reads like some awful Ben Elton sketch from 1982
"Plus ca change, plus cest la meme chose."
thats the tories for you. <sigh>
If you were only a child in 1982 SalmeMurrikAgain, you probably don't remember the utterly crappy situation the country was in in the late seventies. Going cap in hand to the IMF because the economy was fucked, strikes paralysing the country, power-cuts, rampant inflation, nationalised industries bleeding the country dry .... Britain was an international joke. The government that came in in 1979 had to make tough decisions that were very unpopular .... sound familiar?
We now have privatised untility industries bleeding the country dry,
the economy is fucked,
not strikes but RIOTS paralysing the country... hmm.
Yes it does sound familiar.
Such a shame considering we had such a long period of prosperity under a caring government.
"Pretty sick as his Dad died recently."
Why is that? did the death of his Dad have anything to do with his destructive, devisive, society damaging policies or the fact that he is a smary scumbag.
My Father dies less than a year ago and I wont be blaming my actions on him.
Labour a 'Caring government'? So caring that social mobility went backwards. So caring that all the new jobs created in the boom went to people from overseas rather than the long-term unemployed? So caring that they created tax credits to keep their supporters poor, rather than demand better wages for them? So caring that they conned an entire generation that a degree in Mickey Mouse-ology would get them a £100k job? And so caring that they whipped away the 10% income tax rate robbing those on the very lowest incomes?.....
Spending money doesn't = caring
Spending money doesn't = caring
Maybe but it does help unlike the Tory policies which will increase relative and real poverty and increase homelessness and rough sleeping.
Cameron is just Thatcher with a better publicist.
Neither New Labour nor the Vile Tory Scum are represent the interests of the poor and middle-class.
The UK system has become like the US system: A de-facto one party political system which represents the interests of business and the richest.
I think the sick comment is how the letter is addressed to his parents when one has already died. Anyway, it is highly unlikely his mother will see this but I expect some jouno will and it will be all over the press soon.
Sorry, I don't understand. Why is the letter implying that Cameron is to blame for the misdemeanours of Hazel Blears, Gerald Kaufman, Bernie Ecclestone, Peter Mandelson, etc, etc. Did I miss something?
Yes purits - I don't think we are talking blame, it is more about demonstrating that MP's - through things like dishonestly claiming expenses - have shown
'...a complete lack of responsibility...people allowed to think that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities, and that their actions do not have consequences.
Just like 'just call me Dave' says the rioters have.
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