.. the state should become a responsible and effective parent to more childrenRousseau it was who wanted to destroy all intermediate institutions between the individual and the Leviathan State so that
Each citizen would then be completely independent of his fellow men, and absolutely dependent upon the state . . . for it is only by the force of the state that the liberty of its members can be securedThe mere notion that the State can be a parent of any kind is anathema, still less that the State can be either responsible or effective. Many of the failings that have put so many children at risk in the first place are the failings of Statism and Welfarism; the encouragement of bastardy as government policy, the inner-city ghettoes where ignorance, disease, squalor, idleness and poverty thrive in a Welfarist glasshouse, and the destruction by a centralist State of horizontal ties and the primacy of intermediate institutions in our lives. It is Burke's little platoons that offer us the only long-term solution;
To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed toward a love to our country and to mankind. The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantageWithout the little platoons, the English underclass will continue in a downward spiral of degradation, self-hurt and lives of brutal anomie. Laming and his kind are the enemy of those he professes to care for, and his relentless drive to Statist intervention wounds them as greviously as any knife or gun or beating.
This man represents all the evil of Labour's Leviathan State, clothed in shallow care and false concern. He is a malignant canker growing at the heart of our nation, and he must be cut out and removed if the patient is to recover.