Wednesday, 9 July 2008

There are such things as right and wrong

Mr Cameron's abandonment this week of moral neutrality is to be greatly welcomed. It appears that he has crossed the Rubicon which millions of people in Britain have been begging a senior politician to cross for years.

Of course, atheist Nick Clegg is not happy about it. Nor is the Marxist Daily Mirror. He must be right, then.

If people are unemployed, it is sometimes their own fault. They did not work hard enough at school. They have got into antisocial behaviour which has rendered them unemployable.

If people are too fat it is entirely because they eat too much. There is no 'fat virus' which infects people: if there were, we could inject it into the millions of our fellow citizens on this planet who do not have enough to eat. We could solve the world's food shortages overnight.

If people are single parents, it is bad for their children, all else being equal. I reprint here part of a discussion which I had on another forum. It was originally about the repeal of Section 28, which I unequivocally opposed and still believe to have been wrong, and had led on to family relationships in general:

For [some] children, real family relationships are being the offspring of junkies; rapists; bank robbers; incestuous parents; drunk drivers; Old Firm fans; shoplifters; terrorists; farmyard animal fetishists; fraudsters; drug dealers; socialists; atheists; gangsters; muggers; jaikies; Glaswegians; neds; alcoholics or parking attendants.

Some may have the misfortune to have parents belonging to more than one of the above groups. Each is unfortunate in its own way.

Are you suggesting, [my interlocutor], that we endorse EVERY possible family relationship?

When I was in Primary 1, I did what the infant teacher told everyone in the class to do. I made a Christmas card 'to mum and dad'. There were only two of us in the class who were the offspring of single mothers (changed days, eh?). When I got home, my mum asked me, "Did you forget you don't have a dad?".

It was embarrassing for me. However, I do not for the tiniest fraction of a second believe that the infant teacher was wrong. Having a mum and dad IS the best family relationship. Without question. Part of my socialisation experience at school was to learn that there were BETTER families out there than my own, and that I should aspire to do better. Which I did.

What really annoys me is when white, middle class, happily married Socialist parents (including several members of the present Government) disparage the sort of backgrounds which they and their children have benefited from. Poor people's children are expected to be patronised, being told that their family's background is equal to anyone else's (when it demonstrably isn't), rather then believing that they should aspire to something better. Which is why we are seeing the sort of social breakdown that we are.



Some things are right. Other things are wrong. Some things have to be negotiated. All things should be up for discussion.

1 comment:

Enterprising Mongbat said...

"Poor people's children are expected to be patronised, being told that their family's background is equal to anyone else's (when it demonstrably isn't), rather then believing that they should aspire to something better. Which is why we are seeing the sort of social breakdown that we are."

Well said.