Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Were the 1950s the Good Old Days?

Jade Knight
I was reading a piece yesterday in the Daily Mail about a black lady called Jade Knight who bumped into Dianne Abbott (the famous black MP). The latter proceeded to embroil herself in another "race row."

I'm not really interested in that, but moreover one thing the young professional black lady had to say about her own experiences in America:

‘Many [children] were badly behaved and came from broken homes with no male figure and surrounded by crack addicts,’ she said. ‘I had lived for a while with an aunt and uncle in Georgia in America where most black parents were married and the kids were much better behaved.
This of course flies in the face of what many people tell us, and further underlines the importance of stable families (including fathers!) in creating stable communities.

Those like Abbott like to lay the blame of troubled communities at the feet of many people. They also like to say that types of 'families' can be justified, and paint the normal family as if it were a throw-back to the 1950s.

Speaking of which it was reported today that the comedienne Miranda Hart (due to star in the new BBC series on Midwives in Poplar, east London) has said that the 1950s was better than today. Really? Before single parent families and absentee fathers?

This reminds me of a debate on Radio Two a few weeks ago between Norman Tebbit and a Catholic Labour Baroness (I think it was Baroness Kennedy, but I may be wrong), after Nick Clegg's obtuse comments on the nuclear family being a 1950s image and not a reality in 'modern Britain.' The Baroness had to admit that socially the 50s were better. All she could point to about the modern age were better rights for homosexuals (and she a Catholic!), advances such as washing machines and suchlike.

Tebbit kept reminding her she was a pro-life Catholic, and how the 50s had less street crime, was more focused on the family and traditional values.

Miranda Hart
What I couldn't understand was why we had to "give up" stable families, promote homosexuality alongside more 'normal' advances such as washing machines - and why those who promote the argument for the Heinz 57 varieties of "families" with all the damage that has done to society seem to think that washing machines are somehow "theirs"; as if a more (small c) conservative and family orientated society could not have washing machines, or key-hole surgery, or electric cars.

So hurrah for Jade Knight, Miranda Hart and everyone else who glimpses the truth: that families and cohesive communities are better for our well being, and give us the security we crave which means so much more than whatever the modern world has given so many people - insecurity, no feeling of belonging, rootlessness, alienation, moral relativism, school route muggings and so on.

The people of Poplar were very poor in the 1950s, as were the people of Wales, and I'm in no way saying everything was rosy (or the Catholic Church would not needed to have spoken out on the condition of the working classes just a few decades before, nor would it have been conned into some of the Vatican 2 changes a decade after), but in the 'progress' since then it seems we have (as a society) gone out of our way to rip apart the family and do our utmost to create more and more "families" that just aren't, to quote John Reid, "fit for purpose."

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