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I thought I’d woken up to a bad dream this morning, when I heard on the radio that the Leader of the Opposition was accusing the governing party of “moral failure”, and thus implicitly blaming them of the brutal attack and attempted murder of two small boys in Edlington last year.
I wasn’t dreaming.
David Cameron’s speech today in which he accused Labour of “moral failure” is flawed on many levels.
If you believe, as your speech at the Tory conference avowed, that “big government” lies behind many of Britain’s social problems, how can you at the same time want to extend the reach of government into the most private aspect of citizen’s lives—ie, personal relationships, via your plans for a tax break for marriage?
Mr Cameron may think it is smart politics to invoke Baby P, the Edlington attacks, Ben Kinsella, Gary Newlove, Shannon Matthews and others to creative a narrative of decline – a “social recession”. But in reality, the only person guilty of moral failure is Mr Cameron himself for the shameless hijacking of a number of isolated tragedies for his own political gain.
I can only hope his moral failure leads to the electoral recession it deserves.
The Left has always used the arts as a potent ideological weapon, highlighting and agitating for social change. Film has been critical to that, pointing to the worst injustices in society and reflecting back onto us the reality faced by the most disadvantaged around us.
On Monday we start a series of free monthly film screenings at Birkbeck Student Bar, each film a rallying call for a social issue affecting us in 2010. In true Fabian style we’ll point to a cause still worth fight for.
This month we start with racism and the rise of the BNP by screening Shane Meadow’s sobering This is England: a stunning, brutal look at 1983 Britain, during the conservative Margaret Thatcher regime, the growth of racism and the controversial Falklands War.
Introducing the movie will be Hope Not Hate’s Sam Tarry, also National Chair of Young Labour, on the battle to stop the BNP gaining their first parliamentary seat in Barking.
So bring your firends, bring popcorn and get ready to be affected.