America is not the only western nation in which leaders are feeling that a complete collapse of our social order is ahead if we do take an alternate course. A return to “Public Morality” and “Personal Responsibility” is all that will turn around Britain’s social collapse, David Cameron has said. The Tory leader has put his finger on the problem, a cultural prohibition against strong moral positions that infringe on the behavior of segments of people who live next door to us. In order to avoid injury to people’s feelings, in order to avoid appearing judgmental, we have failed to say what needs to be said, Cameron says.

In a seminal speech on Monday, Cameron, the leader of Britain’s opposition Conservative Party, laid out a new direction in Tory policy which is aimed at the ongoing moral breakdown of society. That, he says, is a critical causal element in the whole social breakdown. “I want a mandate for restoring responsibility to our society. A mandate to call time on the twisted values that have eaten away at our social fabric. A mandate for tough action to repair our broken society.”

Cameron said Britain’s “family breakdown, welfare dependency, debt, drugs, poverty, poor policing, inadequate housing, and failing schools” is a “society that is in danger of losing its sense of personal responsibility, social responsibility, common decency and, yes, even public morality.” He suggested an end to the prevailing political trend of “moral neutrality.” Politicians he alleged have abandoned the concept of moral life and “social virtue,” and the result is that “we as a society have been far too sensitive” all to “avoid injury to people’s feelings.” Our fear of being called “judgmental,” or overly moral or of imposing a morality has left us intimated and silent.

“We have seen a decades-long erosion of responsibility, of social virtue, of self-discipline, respect for others, and deferring gratification instead of instant gratification. Instead we prefer moral neutrality, a refusal to make judgments about what is good and bad behavior, right and wrong behavior. Bad. Good. Right. Wrong. These are words that our political system and our public sector scarcely dare use any more.”

“Poverty, crime, social disorder and deprivation…are steadily making this country a grim and joyless place to live for far too many people.”
Cameron said in view of the “broken society,” it was time to decisively call for an end to Labor’s socialist policies. In Glasgow East, Cameron said, “welfare dependency is so bad, half the adults are on out of work benefits.”

Families, Cameron said, are the “most important area of all” in the fight against poverty. He said that the Tories will “take action not just to support marriage and family stability, but on business too, to make Britain more family-friendly.”

Adapted from a report by Hilary White View Story on

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