STRAIGHT TALK – AT 11:02 A.M. ET: In our post just below, we alluded to the danger of political correctness in examining gun tragedies and crime in general. Political correctness is a curse, and we realize how great a curse it is when someone speaks out truthfully, honestly, about social problems and how they should be addressed. This has just happened in Britain. Please read. It's very good stuff, from London's Telegraph:
Louise Casey, the head of the Government’s troubled families unit, says the state should “interfere” and tell women it is irresponsible to keep having children when they are already struggling to cope.
She told The Daily Telegraph that the Government must not be a “soft touch” but instead be prepared to “get stuck in”, challenge taboos and change lives.
Britain’s 120,000 problem families cost taxpayers an estimated £9 billion in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care. A fifth of them have more than five children. Miss Casey is leading a scheme to turn their lives around after they were blamed for last year’s riots.
“There are plenty of people who have large families and function incredibly well, and good luck to them, it must be lovely,” she said. “The issue for me, out of the families that I have met, [is that] they are not functioning, lovely families.
“One of the families I interviewed had six social care teams attached to them: nine children, [and a] tenth on the way. Something has to give here really.”
Miss Casey warns that the state must start telling mothers with large families to take “responsibility” and stop getting pregnant, often with different, abusive men.
“The responsibility is as important as coming off drugs, coming off alcohol, getting a grip and getting the kids to school.
“So for some of those women the job isn’t to go and find yourself another violent, awful bloke who you will bring a child into the world with, to start the cycle all over again.”
COMMENT: Right on. When do you think you'll hear an American official speak like that, or Heaven's forbid, an academic at an Ivy League school, or, even less likely, an editorial writer at The New York Times? I have no doubt that Miss Casey has already been labeled a racist.
July 22, 2012