David Cameron said this today:
“For me the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing I have spoken about for years: it is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society.
“People allowed to feel that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities and that their actions do not have consequences. Well they do have consequences.
“We need to have a clearer code of values and standards that we expect people to live by and stronger penalties if they cross the line.
“Restoring a stronger sense of responsibility across our society in every town in every street in ever estate is something I am determined to do.”
But he has to mean it of banking.
And of some media companies.
And of politicians too.
Because only then is it meaningful.
I utterly condemn the rioting.
But I condemn the excesses of banking, or media companies that broke the law and MPs who did the same thing too.
Unless those with power act responsibly how can we expect the powerless to do so? There has to be leadership. Then we get the right actions from those who we expect to follow.
Can we have that leadership, please?
It’s what I’ve been asking for here for a long time.