Shocked to see moun­tains of lit­ter on our roads

West Sussex Gazette - - COUNTRYFIL­E -

The Daily Mail is do­ing well with cam­paigns to raise the pro­file of im­por­tant com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. Cam­paigns like Turn the Tide on Plas­tic, and the call for mem­bers of the pub­lic to vol­un­teer to help out in their lo­cal hos­pi­tals and care homes, have en­cour­aged thou­sands to take up the chal­lenge and sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties. The more re­cent cam­paign to Tidy Up Bri­tain has also caught on. It is good to see peo­ple mak­ing a ma­jor ef­fort to pick up lit­ter from parks, beaches and road­sides. Un­for­tu­nately their ef­forts do not ap­pear to have made much of an im­pact in Sus­sex. I know valiant mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity groups, school chil­dren and club mem­bers are try­ing but so far their en­deav­ours are but a drop in the ocean.

We shall never get our county cleaned up un­til the lazy louts who con­tinue to drop lit­ter, throw McDon­alds wrap­pers out of car win­dows, and toss empty cans and bot­tles into hedgerows are named, shamed and press-ganged into clear­ing up the dis­grace­ful mess they are con­tribut­ing to.Ev­ery morn­ing we find fresh rub­bish lit­ter­ing the end of the farm drive. And each day fly tip­pers’ de­bris and filth is dumped in farm­ers’ field en­trances and farm­yards.

Driv­ing along the A23, A27, and the A259 to Hast­ings as we did last week, we were shocked to see the moun­tains of lit­ter cling­ing to hedges, along verges, and blow­ing into fields where sheep were graz­ing.

This is an epi­demic which starts with the ca­sual at­ti­tude of not car­ing or hav­ing pride in our sur­round­ings and com­mu­ni­ties. We should nat­u­rally have re­spect in our DNA. Sadly the demise of the feel­ing of pride in our com­mu­nity and coun­try is linked to the rea­son we have es­ca­lat­ing delin­quency, in­clud­ing the shock­ing sta­tis­tics of knife crime, now at an all-time high.

What I fail to un­der­stand is the at­ti­tude of politi­cians and au­thor­i­ties who should be keep­ing our streets safe. They wring their hands com­plain­ing they do not un­der­stand why this has hap­pened. To most it is per­fectly clear.

When the po­lit­i­cally cor­rect de­cided to take charge of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing abol­ish­ing dis­ci­pline in schools, at home where they in­ter­fere with child nur­tur­ing and fam­ily life, with their ‘any­thing goes’ at­ti­tude, and ‘chil­dren must be al­lowed to do as they please’, the rot set in.

We now have sev­eral gen­er­a­tions who be­lieve they are un­touch­able, have no re­spect for any­one or any­thing, let alone them­selves. They have never been dis­ci­plined or taught man­ners, how to re­spect their el­ders, author­ity and other peo­ple’s opin­ions.

With­out bound­aries and ba­sic rules the re­sult is feral kids and adults, and a dan­ger­ous law­less cul­ture which has al­ready taken over towns, cities and play­grounds.

How to turn the clock back, or put the ge­nie back in the bot­tle, is with­out doubt a chal­lenge. But un­til some­one is coura­geous enough to take a grip, end the PC cul­ture and rein­tro­duce dis­ci­pline, putting an end to this dan­ger­ous and de­struc­tive phi­los­o­phy which the ma­jor­ity of law abid­ing ci­ti­zens are cur­rently forced to tol­er­ate, things will only get worse.

Par­ents should be able to bring up their chil­dren in a civilised, safe and dis­ci­plined man­ner and en­vi­ron­ment. Schools, col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions must in­tro­duce a cul­ture of dis­ci­pline, po­lite­ness, kind­ness and re­spect for author­ity.

If so­ci­ety does not get a grip now and im­ple­ment dra­matic changes, it would be wise to brush up on Wil­liam Gold­ing’s Lord of the Flies, for surely this is the kind of world we are head­ing to­wards, fast.

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