There would be an end to compensation culture, a return to old-fashioned manners, and compulsory Latinby Ann Widdecombe / November 16, 2011 / Leave a comment
All magazines with a young readership would have to use adverbs, adjectives and subordinate clauses in their stories so that the young would be exposed to the beauty rather than just the functionality of language. Latin would be compulsory from 11 till 16 and classical Greek once more widely available. All television companies would be obliged to put on at intervals of no less than one a month an excellent play which had no serious swearing, explicit sex, drunkenness or estuary English. Children’s television presenters would be banned from ending every simple sentence with an interrogative note.
People who dropped litter would have to spend a week sweeping the streets and if they dropped it in the countryside, where it can be a menace to cattle, they would have to spend a week feeding cows and mucking out pig sties. Additionally they would have to write an essay entitled “Who is expected to pick up my litter?”
Prisoners would have to spend each weekday in education or employment rather than idling in their jails. The employment would be proper work supplied by real contractors for delivery to real customers so that we could pay real wages and from them take real deductions for upkeep of families, victim reparation and savings. Then not only would convicts get into the habit of an orderly working day, which is foreign territory to most of them, but also of an orderly distribution of earnings. Young offenders who stayed law-abiding for two years after release would have their records wiped clean and begin adult life with a fresh chance.
Public officials would have to tear up their rulebooks and operate on the basis of common sense. The compensation culture would be at an end. So if somebody turned over on his back and shot along a swimming pool, without having taken the most elementary precaution of working out where the end was, then not only would he be unable to sue the council but he would have to pay it for clearing up the mess his cracked head would cause.
If I ruled the world we would not play God with innocent life. The unborn child would be accorded as much respect and have the same rights as the child already born. Nobody would ever face euthanasia as a result of the opinion of somebody else.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission would be reduced…