Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Families

Interesting story from the BBC today:

“Tomorrow's potential troublemakers can be identified even before they are born, Tony Blair has suggested.”

“Mr Blair said it was possible to spot the families whose circumstances made it likely their children would grow up to be a "menace to society".

Ed: Has this only just occurred to the leader of our increasingly dysfunctional nation I wonder or has he been walking around with his eyes closed for the last twenty years?

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was utterly unimpressed with what our Leader had to say with the bottom line to be placing youngsters in care. The care system in this country is a shambles.
What was more worrying was looking at Mr Blair's face and watching his eyes. Despite having had a long holiday at his mate Sir Cliff's pad, he looked tired, haggard and has a wild look in his eye like a hunted animal. Compare pics or vids of just a few years ago and the strain has clearly told. My concern is that he is losing the plot and yesterday's nonsense is evidence. He also appears to have picked up George W's poor use of English.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he has finally realised that his idol (the welfare system) has feet of clay. I agree with the previous comment. Blair does have a manic look these days. Unfortunately his successor is likely to have an even worse addiction to socialism. Come back Frank Field all is forgiven!

SkinOfStars said...

he can be a bit slow, the other week he only just thought of using energy saving lightbulbs! thats last millenium stuff!

looking forward to getting a good socialist back in the driving seat rather than these bloody new-tories.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Skinofstars. Let's hope the great British public are not so misled that they elect that stuck up Tory toff who wouldn't know a new idea or a policy if it jumped up and bit him on the ***e.

DrMoores said...

This comment typifies a problem that still plagues our society, namely the inverted "us and them" snobbery, which unlike the United States, holds those who may have benefited from a more fortunate up-bringing and education in contempt. What, I wonder, makes Tony Blair so different from David Cameron?

Anonymous said...

I think Blair's problem is that his Public School was not as smart as Cameron's and he has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he was at Oxford.

As for your comment 6:32pm, I would prefer a genuine Tory Govt than the inept tory govt we have suffered from in the past 9 years. History shows us that Genuine Tories tend to run the country more effectively!

Chris Wells said...

We seem to have strayed a long way from the original story. If a few years ago I had suggested a government that could track our every move, regularly lied in order to take us to war or achieve other policy ends, was starting down the road to licenses to permit people to have children or perhaps eugenics to decide which children live or die, I would have been accused of taking the plots of 1984 or Gattica to make naughty political points. Does not seem so far fetched now does it? Add in an enemy within, shoot to kill policies that always seem to shoot the wrong person, and refuse to admit it, potential for religous warfare, and an attempt to deflect the interests of the masses through extended licensing hours, gambling, and moral guidance through crazy reality television stars......Does this sound like a place you want to live?

When a government destroys the culture and balance of the society they inherit, chaos will follow....the legacy of the Blair years may well be far harsher and devastating than anything Thatcher may have left behind, if only because of its total lack of moral compass.

Anonymous said...

Interesting views as ever, Councillor Wells, but might I remind you that we are still waiting on your explanation of the increasingly malodourous and highly suspicious political story in your own neck of the woods. Several commentators have posted views and opinions about the Skateboard Park saga, and the role of your three Tory Thanet Council colleagues - Ezekiel, Spencer and Bayford - on the TCDT's Board. We are also still waiting for questions to be put to Ezekiel on the subject by Dr Moores.

With these unexplained, apparently delicate, Tory political "doings", Thanet certainly doesn't look too honourable place to live.

What is it people say about "your own back yard"?

Chris Wells said...

Anonymous, I have explained quite clearly that whilst I am involved in any negotiation concerning the skatepark it is inappropriate for me to comment at this time. I will explain in due course, but for now you will just have to wait I'm afraid.

DrMoores said...

I have, as requested, put the question to Sandy Ezekiel and hope to see an answer in the not too distant future and for heaven's sake, can't you just for once restrain the thinly concealed political venom that constantly drips from your posts? How about trying a little humour for once or is that beyond you?

By all means ask direct questions and contribute comments but don't make this forum so unpleasant with your constant jibes or I WILL kick you off!

Anonymous said...

Spare him, Dr Moores! It is rather nice having a good old fashioned and blinkered Labour person around; echoes of 'Animal Farm'? "Labour good- Tory bad'.

I'm waiting for "13 years of Tory mis-rule" to be quoted concerning Macmillan and to be urged to not vote LibDem because Lloyd George was flogging off peerages 90 years ago.
That reminds me, who are Scotland Yard investigating at the moment for a similar reason?

As one who voted Labour in 1997,I could be forgiven for asking him why after 9 years, my state pension is so small and the gap between richest and poorest in the UK has grown rather than shrunk?

On the subject of 'happy families', Anrew Marr used the phrase "pre-natal ASBOs" in describing Blair's current thinking. It would be laughable if it was not so dangerous a threat to basic liberties.

Chris Wells said...

It would be counter productive to start assessing who said what to whom at what juncture right now. I would also remind you the councils 2 representatives are observors not decision makers. You really must trust my judgement on this at this moment. You will have plenty of chance to shout at me later.

Chris Wells said...

It would be counter productive to start assessing who said what to whom at what juncture right now. I would also remind you the councils 2 representatives are observors not decision makers. You really must trust my judgement on this at this moment. You will have plenty of chance to shout at me later.

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James Maskell said...

I agree with the first comment about the care system. I know personally about the care system and as we have seen from the Thanet Report shovelling all of the county's problems down into Thanet does not help. Its well known of the poor academic performances of those children in care. 5% get 5 A*-C GCSEs, 1% go to University. Its disgraceful that some of the most deprived children in the country are abandoned by this Government in such a fashion as this.

Anonymous said...

Hear, hear, Cllr Wells. I for one am happy to await your news.

However, I am slightly concerned about your interpretation of the councillor trustees' position. As far as the TCDT Charity is concerned, the role of trustees is far more hands on, surely? Do they not have a legal obligation to ensure their charity is run correctly?

Chris Wells said...

It is not an interpretation, it is a matter of fact, the councillors attend as observors. Now you are onto the day job with me so watch out, I really do know what I am talking about here!

Chris Wells said...

Yes trustees do. There are no councillor trustees only observors.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,I appreciate you can't say too much at the moment, yes I at least trust you to sort out what you can in the fullness of time.
Do we know who the actual trustees of TCDT are then?
Is it possible to find out on line?

Chris Wells said...

I believe they are correctly listed on the TCDT website.