Thursday, 4 February 2010

Some Good News

A couple of posts back, I mentioned that David Cameron blamed a horrific torture incident on 'Labour's Moral Failure'.

I suppose that in light of this, Cameron will kiss Gordon Brown's feet and praise him for reducing the child murder rate.

Otherwise people will be saying that David Cameron only uses logic when it suits him. Perish the thought, he's ahead in the opinion polls. He must be a good man. Only a sociopath could be so manipulative as to try and squeeze some votes from a torture case.

The story is also interesting for those of us nostalgiac 80s kids who think things must have been better in the dirigisme times. Even the 60s and 70s seemed to have their brutal edges. Though the figures show no real correlation between economy and society:

'Spain and Italy had the lowest violent death rates among children, the United States the highest. Germany was second-highest.'

So free-market America that idolises children (preferably of the more odious, blond variety) and the social-democratic German Republic are the worst offenders?

It's things like this that make me feel distant from 'political' culture. It is tempting to try and make clumsy arguments based on correlation to prove that we are right, but in the end these are all fruitless.

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