I have just popped over and had a look at the blog of ‘All Copped Out’.
He is having a rant about the recent ‘Problem Families’ proclamation on how the government is going to fix the issue of problem families.
He seems very cross and perhaps that is something to do with how it is affecting his own grandson as he has decided that his grandson will have to move schools as his present school is not coping with, and I quote; ‘its catchment from the Everglades’.
He goes on to say, ‘they are using measures like collective punishments. There is bullying and most lessons are not worth much in learning terms because of disruption.’
If you wish to read all the post click on the above link but it did make me think about what went on when I was at school. The slipper and cane was still in use and so was detention if you did not behave. Detention, (collective punishment), was extended to the whole class if it was warranted but it was a punishment levelled at the offender/s directly and, as far as I can recall, it would not be used as tool to punish ‘collectively’ a group of people for the misdemeanours of the few.
It is the sign of weak governance to punish a group of people because one person has not done something correctly but I am sure we have all seen examples of it in the workplace, let alone at school.
For a supervisor to challenge a person these days they need a watertight case or it is more than likely that person will scream discrimination to the nearest union official or next person up the chain of command. So what happens instead? An email gets sent to everybody with the, ‘it has come to my notice that blah, blah… this practice has to stop immediately’. Whereupon the vast majority who have been doing a beezer job suddenly get the hump and go around saying, ‘what the **** is this about, that was ‘x’ why wasn’t he/she spoken to, it’s not the first time etc. etc’…
Therefore weak management = collective punishment.
But it does not stop in the school or the work place it goes all the way up to government when the bankers screw up or the ‘problem families’ have to be considered. (Here I am treading on All Copped Out’s point, so I hope he will bear with me as I think it sums up all that is wrong today).
What happens when the UK is suddenly dumped a debt burden because of bad management? I know, you are ahead of me; it gets shoved downwards to all the taxpayers to pay back whilst the bankers carry on with high bonuses without a care in the world. – ‘collective punishment’.
What happens with the problem families? They still get their allowances and their children are still allowed to continue in their feral way and they must be put in classes that include those who wish to work and get on to the exclusion of families that care. It is supposed to drag feral kids up to a level but it is pulling others down a level – ‘collective punishment.’
A person found guilty of a crime and receives a form of punishment but then refuses to comply with the court order and carries on ignoring the rights of other law abiding people – ‘collective punishment’.
I could go on but you get my drift. There is no way that the ‘big society’ will get fixed until somebody has the courage to stand up to bullies and supports those who want to return to the ideals of consideration for others.
‘All Copped Out’ suggests that a cull should take place using suitable weaponry but perhaps that is going a little far, (…stops to think..), but he does also say that it is time to ‘police’ what is happening, otherwise he says, ‘ It’s sort of this – that in a world in which all go bankrupt those first in line for what’s left end up winners’.
Collective punishment in all its guises has to be stopped and targeted efforts should be made at those who do not wish to follow the collectively-agreed limits of acceptable behaviour in a decent society. Those who do stand up to be counted should be given every support provided they have acted responsibly, (see blog - Ticket inspector stabbed in back).
Until that happens things will continue as they are so I am not holding my breath but, along with many others, I cannot help but to continue feeling that I am being punished for someone else’s omissions or criminality whereas they are not receiving any admonishment whatsoever.
Collective punishment is the punishment of a group of people as a result of the behaviour of one or more other individuals or groups. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (e.g. destroying whole towns and villages where such attacks have occurred).