Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teenagers heckle UK PM during speech

Source: Press TV

A group of British teenagers heckled Prime Minister David Cameron, when he was addressing his constituency gathering in Witney, Oxfordshire about a broken society.

Cameron was heckled by the teenagers when he made a pledge to reverse the moral collapse in the society and to fix Britain's “broken society”, according to the British media reports.

The Prime Minister declared "a concerted, all-out war on what he called as gangs and gang culture".

"It is a major criminal disease that has infected streets and estates across our country," he said.

Cameron announced a series of tough measures, among them plans to have school leavers take part in a National Citizen Service, to deal with social problems.

Under the plan, Cameron pledged to introduce a non-military national service program, in which it would be obligatory for all 16-year-olds to participate and spend time volunteering in hospitals and community centers.

But the young audience was unimpressed, heckling the Conservative leader.

"He is blaming everyone but himself," said Jake Parkinson, 17, unemployed. "The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. I'd love to go to university, but it's the money that is putting me off."

There were whistles when Cameron entered the stuffy, cramped room and "chicken" noises at the end from teenagers who accused him of leaving early and being too scared to answer all of their questions.

Many in Witney said they thought the biggest threat to public order came from a government austerity drive that they say will inevitably lead to the closure of social services funded by the state or third parties, such as charities.

"He wants people to get in touch with their families, but for some people their families aren't there and the youth center is the only place where they can talk to people," said Ryan Clayton, 15. "But he's shutting all the youth centers."

Unemployed father-of-two Martin Lawson Smith said the wide gap between Britain's rich and poor had fuelled the discontent.

"I don't think broken families and morals are the problem," he said. "It's more the inequality that there is in society."

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