I’ve just seen the new advert encouraging participation in the elections for the new Police Commissioners. See here for a news report including some of the ad:
It makes me so mad; it’s mostly images of young people being yobs! Is this all that the new Commissioners will be responsible for? Where are the images of white collar crime? The credit card fraudsters? The MPs claiming expenses? The bankers doing dodgy deals? The newshounds bugging people’s phones? In other words where are the images of adults committing crime?
Basically, the government want people to vote for another layer of elected officialdom, and because they can’t encourage us any other way they try to make us so scared of unruly yobs we’ll rush out to vote thinking we might make a difference. To do that they turn yet again to the usual scapegoats – young people! Young people do commit crime, but so do older people and actually David Cameron I’m more concerned about the level of criminality and corruption in government and financial services which goes unchallenged and unchanged than I am about anti-social behaviour by a minority of young people. Show me an ad about a Police Commissioner that arrests those types of criminals and you might get me excited.
Perhaps if the budgets for youth work, family services, education and health weren’t being slashed all over the place, something could actually be done to remove the reasons why young people end up in some of the situations they do without trashing them as human beings. Instead our taxes are being spent on elections for a totally unnecessary layer of government while ignoring the real problems that divide us.
I despair! But not of young people…of the adults who govern us.