a) Pull themselves up by their bootstraps, knuckle down and find a job?
b) Launch a wave of acquisitive crime just as we slash police numbers?
I'm leaning towards b somehow. The government seem blind to the glaringly obvious fact that many profoundly dysfunctional people don't actually have the faculties required to bring about the type of wholesale change that is expected of them - and that sometimes this is partly down to government policies not tackling social problems adequately. We're talking about people with virtually no capacity to regulate their emotions or grasp the implications of their choices. These aren't wishy-washy subjective notions, they can be readily and reliably demonstrated empirically by modern neuroscience. People raised in environments which are rife with neglect and/or abuse literally end up with damage hardwired in and are well placed to pass it on - these effects are permanent and can only be mitigated but not reversed.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Love-Matter ... 1583918175
This is an excellent primer on the subject.http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1847 ... RGWB7BN86W
This is an excellent sequel which links the neuroscience to public policy. It should be required reading for every politician - but the sizeable and ever growing body of scientific evidence would dictate very radical changes that none would countenance.