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But whatever plan is developed, it will be a joint effort of the mayor and the City Council, James said after consultation with school officials, police and the juvenile court, among others. And James promised that the plan will be in place before next weekend.
It may or may not include an early curfew, as some are calling for.
“We can’t expect that imposing a curfew is going to stop some 15-, 16-, 17-year-old from bringing a gun to anywhere,” he said at an afternoon City Hall news conference. “On the other hand, we should be able to expect parents not to have their 13-year-old children on the Plaza getting shot.”
Originally posted by wildtimes
Personally, I think they SHOULD be angry, and they SHOULD do something about the status quo.
Originally posted by ironorchid
reply to post by wildtimes
I think that Cameron and Blair before him are 'knee jerk' politicians - asking" what do Daily Mail readers want to see happen today?" and glibly spew out some appropriate response.
Most of our politicians know that they are in power for the short term and can promise anything they like.
I am heartily sick of the hype surrounding a couple of nights worth of social unrest and even more sick of the 'hang em all' brigade. Yes there was looting and yes the law needs to take its due course, but all of the braying for blood has me totally ashamed of how easily led the public can be.
The youth of our country has been insidiously demonised for years ( 'hoodies' anyone?) regardless of how good most of our kids are, kids who are unpaid carers, kids who regularly do volunteer work, kids with a social conscience, kids who are much more accepting and less bigotted than in previous generations. Who speaks for them?
We have an underclass that has been created by successive governments, experiencing not only monetary but social and moral poverty not seen in this country in years.
Meanwhile we have sleep-walked into a society with next to no personal freedom anymore, led by career politicians with no experience of working outside of politics who not so long ago were caught with their collective hands in the till fiddling expences.Talk about leading by example!
One question - will Camerons ( insert politician of your choice ) children be attending this non- military training or is it just for poor kids?
Critics ask where the money will come from
Originally posted by spacedonk
Ok, we get you guys don't like the idea. I understand parents should be responsible, I understand military service is potentially not good for pacifists etc etc.
What the hell do you suggest as an alternative?
I wish I had had National Service. 90% of these people will benefit from the discipline and camaraderie it engenders.
Norway has it, finland has it, Italy still? Sweden? The scandies don't kick up and disrespect people. It works well for them why not lets suck it and see? BTW non military national service is mostly a waste of time. Send all the little adults away for 6 months to bond and be conditioned into what is right and what is wrong. Need evidence of its ability to work, google lads army the tv documentary.