Currently there is a serious situation in England, where young people are being murdered almost on a daily basis, by other young people stabbing them to death. The “experts” list austerity: cuts in police services (which certainly can’t be helping); drugs, poverty, peer pressure, lack of social clubs for the young – you name it. All the while, the elephant in the room is being ignored.
Some time ago I began my search for something – anything, newspaper article, video interview, news broadcast – addressing the obvious underlying cause of the increasing levels of violence amongst young boys and men; family breakdown, absent fathers. Took a while before I found the above video reporting a Westminster Member of Parliament (MP) speaking on the subject… six years ago, and focusing on the “elephant in the room”, fatherless families. David Lammy MP is still in Parliament, but I don’t recall him repeating his opinion about fatherless families being at the root of the knife crime epidemic in recent days despite the fact that the subject has been aired in the broadcasting media round the clock. Maybe I missed it, or maybe he’s realised that it’s too politically incorrect. Who knows…
But, what do you think? Should fatherless families be added to the list of causes of crime among the young – or would a couple of youth clubs in every area solve the problem?
Indeed, is it not time for the powers-that-be – in both Government and media – to begin to take a fresh look at the wider social implications of raising children in homes where mother brings home a succession of boyfriends, where there are few, if any, rules (they call them “boundaries” these days to disguise the need for rules) and where the children very often don’t even know the identify of their own (various) fathers? Remember, it’s not unusual these days for (half) siblings to have different fathers. It’s a mess. Why is nobody in authority – including the Catholic hierarchy and clergy – saying so? I know we’re supposedly a nation of dog-lovers but … “elephants”?