When is this government going to take responsibility?
Let’s be honest. The politicians response to the #UKRiots, has, in general been a parade of rather sickening hypocrisy. Somewhere close to head of the parade is David Cameron playing the ‘responsibility’ card. This comes from a government that has yet to take responsibility for a single thing that has gone wrong in its tenure. It’s always ‘Labour’s fault’ and yesterday, the riots were ‘the polices fault’.
You could kind of understand this if it was a reasoned critique. For example, you might point to issues of police-heavy handedness but it isn’t. David Cameron said;
“But the police only retain the confidence of the wider community if they are seen to take clear and robust action in the face of open criminality. On Monday night it was clear that simply there were not enough officers on duty.”
Considering the cutbacks being inflicted on the police, this is pretty breathtaking stuff. Another favorite target seems to be developing in social media, Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger. One of the starry-eyed newbies on the government benches, Louise Mensch, seems to have personally taken it upon herself to ensure Twitter is closed down and rather ironically and somewhat stupidly has started this crusade on Twitter. Still, at least Mensch and Cameron have some support, the China Global Times was positively glowing in its praise;
Britain’s new attitude will help appease the quarrels between East and West over the future management of the Internet.
As for China, advocates of an unlimited development of the Internet should think twice about their original ideas.
I think that says it all, surely? When brutal dictatorships are your keenest supporters that should set some alarm bells ringing. Sadly, the social media fandango is, as I have said symptomatic of a wider problem, this governments complete inability to take responsibility for its own actions and policies. As an opposition it is therefore crucial we function properly as one and hold it to account for them, in that sense Ed Miliband’s ‘go it alone’ stance on a national conversation is welcome, bi-partisanship on the riots should pretty much end now because it is not in the interests of the Party nor the country when our government is so reckless and irresponsible in everything it does.