Close to the heart of almost every Conservative is the notion of family and family values. Thus it is no surprise that Camerons argument is that the root of society’s problems can be found in the breakdown of the family unit. Cameron famously said upon becoming Tory leader that for him ‘family must always come first’. This suggests that ‘family friendly’ policies would rightly be a key feature of the next Conservative governments policy platform.
As far as I am concerned one of the biggest pile of liberal dribble to emmerge over the past decade is the notion that children don’t need two parents. Two parents provide much needed balance for a child aswell as giving each other valuable support in ensuring that children stay on the right track. Indeed it is no secret that the number of offenders from ‘broken homes’ or single parent families, is statistically higher than those who come from two parent families, although obviously there are exceptions to the rule.
Cameron has already offered incentives in order to encourage couples to stay together including tax breaks for married couples, government sponsored help for troubled relationships and greater access to affordable childcare. However whilst in principle I agree with these measures I believe we also need to tackle the root of the problem in society which is the ‘easy come easy go’ disrespectful mentality of some parents and youngsters.
I feel that giving married parents tax breaks without placing more emphasis on responsibility and accountibility is a quick fix policy. There are couples who bluntly shouldn’t be together and I feel that encouraging them to stay together through tax breaks would present us with further problems as a society. Similarly there are some youngsters who have no respect for society and figures of authority so we need to make them rediscover that respect which will not come about by giving them or their family cash.
To get tough on family breakdown you need to get tough on society. Forget hug a hoodie, hooligans must be dealt with and if their families are percieved to be the problem we need to reprimand them as much as their children. On the other hand when it is clear that the parents are doing all they can to support their child and it is the child at fault I would impose strict penalties including some form of juvenile detention proportionate to the offence. This would send a message to society that if you step out of line you will be brough back in to it by what ever means neccessary.
The problem with society and the breakdown of the family has come about because we have ‘gone soft’. The solution? Get tough.