London: Prime Minister David Cameron, under pressure to contain one of the worst riots in Britain, today lamented that pockets of the society has not only broken down but also “sick” and blamed “poor parenting” for the violent behaviour of the teenagers.
“There are pockets of our society that are not only broken, but frankly, sick,” Cameron said after chairing the government’s emergency response committee, which took stock of raging violence in London and other English cities since Saturday.
Cameron, who had to cut short his summer holidays in Italy following the riots, also said there was a “moral problem” and pointed the finger at poor parenting – this was “a problem for society”.
“When we see children as young as 12 and 13 looting and laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear there are things that are badly wrong in our society.
“It is all too clear that we have a big problem with gangs in our country. For too long there’s been a lack of focus on the complete lack of respect shown by these groups of thugs,” he said.
Cameron noted that the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing that he had 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 every estate is something I’m determined to do,” he added. Zeenews