Monday, 23 April 2007
David Cameron - Responsibility
As for enforcing Parental responsibility, that is impossible under current legislation. Recent events have made me fully aware that I have absolutely no legal powers to protect or discipline my children.
My 14 year old daughter and all her friends smoke grass. There is not a damn thing I can do about it, because the Police can't do a damn thing about it (or won't). She left home two weeks ago and went to stay at a friends house. I went to bring her home and she refused to get in the car. I realised that the only way I could get her in the car was to knock her unconscious. Obviously I would not want to do this to my daughter but also I would have been arrested. I called the Police hoping they would bring her home. Two hours later the Police rang back to tell me there was nothing they could do. I rang social services to see if they could help, they told me that they couldn't help but would (after 28 days) send someone around to the house that my daughter was staying at to see if was suitable.
The reason my daughter left home?
I tried to stop her taking drugs.
Luckily she returned home after 13 days with her tail between her legs. The question is what can I do if she decides to walk out again? Sadly the answer is nothing.
I'm sure when I was a child the Police would have taken me home, legal or not. Now the Police are worried about being sued by 14 year old girls. The right’s of the many have been taken away to protect the few, that is why our society is crumbling.
I could go out now and start a car crime spree, safe in the knowledge that I would not be caught. I could smash my way into several cars and steal whatever I liked because the Police would not come out to investigate. The only way to cut crime is to adopt the Zero Tolerance approach that New York took (click on New York you will be amazed at the figures). You investigate and charge people for the small crimes. If people are locked up for minor crimes they are not free to carry out the major ones. That lets criminals know from the start that crime will not be tolerated.
If people were worried about being sent to prison for their first offence they would think twice. Now kids know that they have to run up a list of offences at least in double figures to warrant any serious action to be taken against them. We have made excuses for far too long for people coming from broken homes and deprived backgrounds. People know the difference between right and wrong no matter what their circumstances may be.
I come from a broken marriage does that mean I have more of a right to commit crime than someone who doesn’t?
It’s time to give back trust to the Police, Teachers and Parents. The law has always been in place for those who abuse that trust.