Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Broken Britain? The Electorate Thinks So.

The political row over the so called 'broken Britain' came back into the news last month with David Cameron accusing the Prime Minister of "moral failure". Many people criticised the leader of the opposition for politicising the event, stating it was in "bad taste". I do believe that there was a certain politicisation of this event, but I also believe that Mr. Cameron was right to do this. I do believe that Britain is broken.

And a large percentage of people agree with me. A poll in the Times today revealed that a large proportion of the population also believe that our society is broken. According to the poll, a massive three quarters of the people asked believed that our society is broken. This huge amount clearly shows an unprecedented moral failure has been reached by Labour.

One option put forth for fixing broken Britain is a return to National Service. I have always liked this option. It gives the young men taking part a sense of pride in themselves, their country and in their comrades. Anybody who watched the ITV show 'Bad Lads Army' will see the results that were produced from the young men who took part, who in all honesty, could only be described as society's dregs. These young men became respectful, polite and developed a sense of self respect.

However this is not the only thing needed to fix 'Broken Britain'. The bedrock of the family, marriage, has been abused under Labour who have failed to see its importance whilst every other European country celebrates this most precious of institutions. 70% of young offenders are from lone-parent families and yet Labour has failed to address this. Are tax breaks the answer to encouraging marriage? Absolutely not, under the Conservative's plans only those well off would truly benefit. However it is my opinion that rather than tax breaks the plan the save marriage should be that a couple may only receive monetary child benefits if the child is born in wedlock or only after the parents of the child marry. Some readers will criticise this stating "what about people who just get married for a few days for the birth of the child and then leave each other" or "what about people who have a divorce because of an unhappy or abusive relationship". For the both these cases I believe that the parent should only be allowed to continue receiving benefits after divorce if the marriage lasted more than 3 years. If you want any more evidence then one must simply look towards to closely knit families of the Asian community in Britain. Despite being among the poorest they are, on average, ahead of their white counterparts in school.

I believe that with these two measures British society CAN, and will be saved. We must promote the family and give the lost youth a sense of pride in themselves and their country.


  1. Surely by only giving out child benefits to couples with children in wedlock then you will create a massive poverty problem? There are plenty of people who can't get married for logistical reasons (my own mum had my little brother out of wedlock, because my dad was dragging the divorce down), as well as this you are effectively forcing a religious ceremony on to people just because they want to reproduce? Unless you are prepared to offer free, and secular marriage ceremonies to all those who want them then this will never be morally acceptable.
    If Britain is broken, which I don't think it is particularly, then different action which hits the root causes needs to be taken. In my opinion this includes reforming education, and creating much better social housing.

  2. I agree with you that the current social housing is a problem. The govt has built high rise flats with no regard for what might happen when you stack a ton of people on top of each other.

    Another elemental problem with those flats is that they aren't designed to have a room that can hold a dining room table.