British Prime Minister Tony Blair told parents to do a better job raising children to respect others. Blair has proposals “to raise the age limit for buying knives, to introduce compulsory drug testing on arrest, to tackle binge drinking and to strengthen and extend antisocial behaviour legislation. He also promised to hold talks with head teachers to discover what new powers they needed in the classroom to improve discipline,” The Times reports.
He said there were deepseated causes of rowdy and disrespectful behaviour. They were to do “with family life in the way that parents regard their responsibility to their children, in the way that some kids grow up generation to generation without proper parenting, without a proper sense of discipline within the family.”
“I cannot solve all these problems,” he said. “I can start a debate on this and I can legislate. What I cannot do is raise someone’s children for them.”
I love the reference to “yobbish” behavior.