This is just a short post to say that I have received a response from Jim Dowd, my MP, regarding the email sent to David Cameron regarding his comments about the riots.
I suspect it is a general email sent to anyone who wrote to him regarding the riots as none of the specific points I made, particularly Cameron’s frankly bizarre blaming of Health & Safety and Human Rights legislation for the riots.
On the plus side he says that:-
“We must get to the bottom of why we have people in our society who think it is acceptable to act in the way they did and to do this a full and frank discussion must take place through the form of a national inquiry.”
I hope that such an inquiry includes in its brief the double standards in which David Cameron and his fellow upper-class trouble makers trashing restaurants in their student days can be dismissed as high jinks, why his convicted arsonist Deputy and dodgy journalist former spin doctor deserve second chances but working class trouble makers do not and instead not only deserve long prison sentences but their families should be made homeless as well. I also hope it covers the points I made in my email as to why I believe that teenagers feel detatched from society. I am not a socialologist and freely admit I could be barking up the wrong tree as to this being a contributory factor to the riots but it is a potentially valid hypothesis and should be examined.
As I say, the rest of the email is a bit general so I see little point in reproducing it here. Having said that, I have yet to receive any kind of response from Cameron at all.
According to the Downing Street website, they receive a huge volume of emails so replies cannot be guaranteed and that if replies are required, snailmail letters should be sent. Fair enough. I’ve sent a hardcopy of my email to Number 10. Let’s see what, if anything, happens.