Fact: 0.5% of UK children are in care and all the heartache that lead up to, and follow from this desperate situation must be more than anyone could or should take.
Fact: 27% of the prison population, well over a quarter, have been in care.
Therefore it’s not science of the rocket variety that in order to reduce crime, save money and give the general population more peace of mind, the Government should be taking affirmative action to work with these young people who desperately need the skills of teamwork, cooperation, recognition that they have something to offer and most importantly that there are people out there who actually care what happens to them, and want them to have successful and happy lives.
It’s a moral duty and pragmatic all at the same time, and I for one and immensely proud that Alan Johnson backed our City to deliver on this issue when he provided funds and expertise to back the PCT when they bought a yacht and enlisted non other than Sir Robin Knox- Johnson to help design and deliver a programme for our vulnerable young people to bring them back into the fold.
The first intake of fourteen youngsters scored a 100% success rate as they all are now in work, education or training six months on.
Four cohorts per year equates to 56 young people who will hopefully go on to lead productive lives, contributing to Society and paying tax.
Everyone a winner, surely?
But not if you are a Tory.
Due to a default mechanism in the brain which hears the Daily Mail buzz words “crime”, “young people”, “Northern” and “Working Class” David Cameron came out with the following corker;
"Recently the NHS brought a yacht to train Hull teenagers and moored it in a Hull marina," he said, adding he thought it was a "completely crazy decision".
"If this extravagance had been published for all to see, the people who made this decision would either have had to justify it or scrap it."
You can just hear the withering contempt in his voice.
But then again the Tories want to spend £2 BILLION of tax payers money on just 3,000 of the richest families if they get in, so I suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised.