THE lyrics of the world’s best songwriters have the ability to leave indelible information in our minds.
Among the most poignant: In the Ghetto, sung by Elvis Presley, tells the tragic tale of a child, born into a poor family without the basics including food and turning to crime.
Sadly, in many cases, the |poetry of this song is borne out. Children born into families |unable to cope turn to crime not only to survive but also to feel part of something - gangs become their families.
So if politicians really want to talk law and order it is time to get to the crux of the matter.
Safe and happy home lives along with a good education are the most important ingredients for a child to prosper.
As we move closer to the State election, we will hear politicians pulling out the “old chestnut” of how their party is going to get tough on crime.
However, ask your local politician what he or she is going to do to prevent crime, rather than trying to address it when it is too late.