There has been much comment on the course of the London riots. We look at the rioting population looting and destroying property because they can. We see people with no sense of responsibility for themselves, for there family, and lest of all their communities. Welfare has been the band aid for discontent and supposed class struggle for far too long.
Life doesn’t make sense without responsibility according to Victor Frankl a survivor of one of the worst human experiments known to man. Victor saw that when humanity is faced with great challenges, the one factor which sustains quality of life is a sense of responsibility. There is much which needs to be done and much which has been destroyed. Without a sense of responsibility humans are far more likely to dis-ingrate into a dog eat dog state. Much has been said of the discontent being worse then that of the 1930s and why is that? The poverty we face today isn’t as bad. We have welfare providing these people food and shelter. They riot not for what the need but for what they want. They aren’t taking bread and milk. They are taking big screen TV’s and I pads. The way welfare has been handled has lead to this lack of responsibly bred in these London youths. A question that can be asked is this the case in New Zealand?
We need to change our thinking on welfare we need to move past just supporting people because we can. People need more then just money they need a sense of responsibility. The National Government needs to change it's stance on welfare. It has been slow to response to the changes supported by the welfare working group. We need a new voice and perspective on this issue to hold National to account. If this new Conservative party can offer a fresh perspective and challenge the National government to pick up on this issue. I think it will be a good contribution to New Zealand politics.
Welfare needs to change it’s focus to help people with a hand up not a hand out