Time for Reflection?

David Cameron, Prime Minister (17th August 2011)
“They (the courts) have decided to send a tough message and it’s very good that the courts feel able to do that. Sending a very clear message that it’s wrong that it won’t be tolerated is what our criminal justice system should be doing”

Dr Clifford Hill, latterly of Tottenham, London (16th August 2011)
“They (the politicians) declare war on the gangs of the inner city neighbourhoods where they have never lived – the gangs that are the substitutes for the families they have destroyed; the gangs that give identity and security to the children whom our politicians do not understand.
One thing the gangs cannot do is give love and teach the true values that were once the foundation of a great nation”
Michael Trend, The Relationships Foundation (16th August 2011)
“We don’t doubt the Prime Minister’s sincerity when he talks about family policy but we have often pointed out the many missed opportunities that have already occurred during his government due to failure to follow through on the intention of making the UK a more ‘family-friendly’ country.
We begin our days in families, and they care for us in old age. Our families touch every aspect of our development as human beings, and of our lives at work, at home, and in society. As such they offer the greatest potential for social change, for wealth, and wellbeing. Families, are at the heart of a big society. They have intrinsic importance for the sense of connectedness, support, identity, moral development and belonging they enable. They contribute directly to wellbeing – a key government goal. In particular, government has an interest in strengthening family relationships that are more likely to support reduced anti-social behaviour and improved community safety through addressing the relational causes of crime (eg, unmediated peer influences).

We have long arguedthat families need support now more than ever before. We must move beyond the point where politicians are wary of using language which suggests that enabling good relationships is the business of the state. The state already is heavily involved. Taxpayers pick up many of the costs when relationships fail. Families are under pressure and government must move to provide motivation, opportunity and support for family relationships.”

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