We’ve discussed that thing I don’t like many times here, and had some fairly vigorous debates about it.
But the riots in London over the past week prove that I was right.
It was impossible to watch the outbreak of lawlessness, of both the poor and middle class looting shops, and not think how it could all have been avoided if people had listened to me and stopped doing that thing I don’t like.
It’s just common sense. I’ve raised my children knowing right from wrong, and they have never done that thing I don’t like. And they are now some of the most well-adjusted, decent young adults you can ever hope to meet. They would never rob an injured person or smash a shop window. Because in our family, there was none of that thing I don’t like.
You can’t have failed to notice how that thing I don’t like was getting more prevalent in the years leading up to the riots. More and more of the people from the social groups connected with the violence were brought up in an environment where the importance of doing what I insisted was necessary was no longer emphasised. Where were these young people to learn the importance of society, of community, of respect for their fellow citizens, if this behaviour was accepted? Not just accepted, but encouraged.
And we know by whom. Encouraged by the very people who disagree with me.
Well, they should be hanging their heads in shame, now. It is obvious that their prescription for the UK, which the country has been slavishly following against my advice, is responsible for the predicament in which the English now find themselves.
Look at the result. Buildings set on fire. Property stolen. Lives ruined.
And it all could have been avoided if they’d listened to me. If they’d stopped doing that thing I don’t like.
Well, we here in Australia have a chance to avoid going down the English path. Our country has not yet sunk so low that we’ve had riots here.
But if we don’t heed the warnings, if we don’t learn from the mistakes of our cousins in the UK, then it is inevitable.
Please, I beg of you. Save our country by doing the things I have long argued we should do and banning the thing I don’t like that has clearly caused all this destruction.
Let’s make sure this never happens again.