Ive posted this here rather than the NAAFI to deter the jump on the band wagon hang em high brigade More me thinking aloud than any thing else, but where is it going wrong? Yet again we hear of a youngster getting stabbed. Regardless of their ethnicity, religious persuasion, gender this cant be right. Youths of today cant really complain of nothing to do as there is a myriad of pastimes readily available, far more than when I was a teenager. Way back when in the 60s there was only 2 channels on the TV, a 1 screen cinema a bus ride away and in general no cars until you were about 20. There was a youth club and a weekly disco. There were no mobiles and computer games, clubs open every night and readily accessible and inexpensive flights aboard ad nauseam and yet, if my memory serves me well, there were very few stabbings. Yes we fought, remember mods and rockers? but there was some sort of code that drew the line at actually killing the opposition. Is it the cotton wool climate we now bring kids up in where there is little or no risk allowed and they have to get their kicks by other means? Is it the plethora of single parent families where the offspring have no roll model, or is it just the case that parents cant be bothered to invest time in their family? Perhaps we need to toughen up on the punishment for knife crime. Bring back Borstals and Detention centres, seemed to work on some of the kids I knew. Conscription??? Or what? I dont know. I do sometimes despair though, and wonder what sort of legacy my grandchildren are going to be left with. Ah well, enough of my musings back to the day job.