September 20th, 2009

Spoilt Brats

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

A psychologist this week published a book entitled “The Spoilt Generation” is going against the grain with current thinking (of those in power) by suggesting that children & young people’s rights should be curtailed & have contributed to  generation of spoiled kids.

Dr Aric Sigman claims that young people are so used to a sense of entitlement that they are growing up unprepared for adult life & says that parents, teachers &  police have lost the power to discipline them. He says, “Authority is a basic health requirement in childrens’ lives. But, while children have been increasingly ‘empowered’ in terms of legislation & rights, far from being protected, they are actually suffering in ways what could never have been forseen.

“Adults must be legally empowered to deal with both their own & other people’s children without the fear that they may be confronted or prosecuted for doing so.”

I can’t help agreeing with the good doctor. We’ve seen a generation of policy-makers consistently making rules, laws & procedures which have ground down any concept that kids shoulface any kind of consequence for their actions which has led to a generation of parents who have all but abregated their own responsibility to bring up their kids in a way which instills a sense of social responsibility.

Dr Sigman is calling for politicians to draw up laws that would curtail young people’s rights & reassert the authority of adults.

He’ll have no chance, then.

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  1. Steve (Former DC with West Mids) says:

    Well spotted 200!

    I particularly like the quote about the Magistrates Court notioe :-

    “Another example was a leaflet handed out by Her Majesty’s Court Service which said: “To maintain a safe and secure environment, we would be grateful if you would not bring your knife into court in future.”

    This issue lies at the very core of the rot in our society. It requires some brave politician to open this can of worms, but open it they must if the first steps are to be taken to bring back some quality to our society.

    The Doctor accurately captures the views of what must be a large percentage of the public.

    I tend to agree with you though, which political party or politician would have the guts to do it? Since when has a political party ever listened to what the public really want and then consistently stuck to delivering it?

    With your permission, I’d like to refer to your article on our pages later today.

    September 21st, 2009 at 13:23

  2. Fee says:

    I agree with you and the doctor. It’s increasingly hard to teach kids responsibilty when the schools seem to be focussing on only their rights. Doesn’t stop me trying though …

    On another note, our local bobbies are on the front page of the local rag – heading off to some rather nice destinations, it seems. Might be time to consider a career change – although I’d be willing to bet very few officers (who work from very nice offices) are doing most of the travelling.

    Hope the link works

    September 21st, 2009 at 13:29

  3. Linda Baki says:

    I would imagine no one missed this in the press yesterday. 1st where were the parents, what if one of these children had been abducted, whose fault would it have been. 2nd How much police time and money would have been spent on looking for the little monkey?…

    Notice on the blog No comments yet, I would imagine everyone is still gob smacked.

    September 21st, 2009 at 17:25

  4. Tony F says:

    Well, someone else who can see the obvious. Hopefully the good Doctor will be able to convince some of our leaders..However, as I suspect most of the thieving bastards like things the way they are I would not hold my breath.

    September 21st, 2009 at 19:23

  5. 200 says:


    no problem

    September 21st, 2009 at 22:43

  6. Steve (Former DC with West Mids) says:


    many thanks… posted article thanks.


    P.S. Did you see Despatches on C4 tonight?

    I have to say, Paul McGeever comes over well. The ACC’s sounded unconvincing and out of touch.

    16,500 PCSO’s with little or no powers vs 12000 fully trained coppers. The idea may have been well intended but McGeever is right, it’s badly flawed. I was going to crack one about David Blunkett but it’s just too cruel . . .

    September 21st, 2009 at 23:25

  7. copper bottom says:

    saw it…

    I submitted a suggestion through our force scheme to get rid of the PCSOs- I worked out on our little part of metro-force – we could have another 40 (yes forty) Police officers…

    it has not been posted as an idea of merit…


    as to well intentioned- it was a classic ‘idea gimmick’ by a gov org- so they can say ‘you want visible uniforms – you got them- look what we did…’


    September 22nd, 2009 at 09:34

  8. Jabadaw says:

    Spoilt Brats……does this not refer to PCSOS?

    September 24th, 2009 at 10:38

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