Yesterday watching the recall of Parliament I had a distinct feeling of unease.....its taken me a day to unravel what I was feeling but briefly, part of it was of hypocrisy . These people elected to govern us have in many ways muddied the ethical waters by their bogus claims on their allowances and watching so much righteous indignation left me with a bad feeling which has not gone away today.
It is so easy to condemn without any understanding and let me make my position clear. Violence can never be justified...but neither can getting tax payers money by false pretences ...
I have spoken before about the line between tax avoidance and tax evading but tax is still the way of a civilised society to care for those who are unable to care for themselves. I pay tax. I don't bleat about it....it means I can afford it ..but it sticks in the gullet when those who can afford it even better than me prefer to pay for the services of an accountant to look for ways of avoiding tax on their behalf.
The riots were dreadful. The violence was appalling. Stories shine out like the man who had lost his own son...and the Seiks protecting the mosques of the Muslims...Good can be found in all situations even if only random acts of kindness.
None of us is perfect. We all make mistakes . I've made plenty to repent of at leisure.
We all deeply regret what has happened in Britain this week but we are all complicit in it...these situations can only grow if we let them... All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.
If we are good people then its time to take responsibility for what has happened to cause these deep divisions in our society. Ask ourselves what we can do?
People who say they are just one person , what can they do make me a bit cross because its an assumption of failure. If enough people tried to do something small it could build into something massive...
Wanting to change the culture in schools to accept that some measures of discipline are necessary and to bring back some elements of competition would go a long way to improving moral.
Intolerance of greed, of deceit, of mendacity...this would be a start.