Sunday, 22 May 2005

today i will mostly be ... ranting about politics, grumpily

What is going on here? Two articles from today's Observer - the first about how ASBOs are being used against children with autistic spectrum disorders such as Aspergers Syndrome.

Secondly an article about the increasing tendency to classify all children as 'yobs'. To quote the article:

'We use the word "yob" without distinguishing between very young children - who haven't chosen their parents, their neighbourhoods or their circumstances and can't walk away from them - and young adults,' he said. 'I don't think the word "yob" should ever be used in relation to young children.'
Professor Rob Morgan, Chairman of the Youth Justice Board.
It seems to me that there is an increasing tendency in our society to demonise and exclude those who make us examine ourselves and our attitudes.

It is easier to blame people for things than it is to help them address their situation: from petty crime, drugs and alcohol dependence and too-young motherhood, to children hanging out on the street corner in the evening because they have no-where else to go.

I am not saying that people should expect hand-outs, help and a 'oh, poor you' attitude regardless of what they have done and whether or not they are prepared to help themselves. And I am not saying that individuals are not responsible for their own actions.

But I am saying that this attitude that their issues can be dealt with by sticking an ASBO on them and hoping they will go away is ridiculous, short-sighted and excluding. And when they are only children, it is double disgraceful.

That's my rant for the week. And while I'm at it, if you feel anything less that apathetic about Electoral Reform, and the fact that the UK now has a government that was voted for by only 22% of the electorate, go and sign The Independent's online petition.

{grumbles off to have a nice cup of tea and a soothing lie-down under some wet newspaper}

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