Cameron does a Dalrymple
Theodore Dalrymple has an elegant phrase for people who refuse to take responsibility for their actions: he says they claim to be "passive vectors of social forces". Such insights are to be expected from Dalrymple, but from a politician? In a surprising departure from his touchy-feely persona, Conservative leader David Cameron waxes Dalrymplian. From The Telegraph:
In a speech in the heart of a deprived area of Glasgow he said: "We as a society have been far too sensitive. In order to avoid injury to people's feelings, in order to avoid appearing judgemental, we have failed to say what needs to be said. We have seen a decades-long erosion of responsibility, of social virtue, of self-discipline, respect for others, deferring gratification instead of instant gratification.
"Instead we prefer moral neutrality, a refusal to make judgments about what is good and bad behaviour, right and wrong behaviour. Bad. Good. Right. Wrong. These are words that our political system and our public sector scarcely dare use any more."
"We talk about people being 'at risk of obesity' instead of talking about people who eat too much and take too little exercise. We talk about people being at risk of poverty, or social exclusion: it's as if these things - obesity, alcohol abuse, drug addiction - are purely external events like a plague or bad weather.
"Of course, circumstances - where you are born, your neighbourhood, your school, and the choices your parents make - have a huge impact. But social problems are often the consequence of the choices that people make."
Cameron, you have a brain. Use it on Islam.
Posted on 07/08/2008 9:45 AM by Mary Jackson