Broken Society

MQT on 2008-09-10
Session date: 
September 10, 2008
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following your recent Telegraph article, and reflecting on your priorities for London, to what extent do you agree with the assertion by others that we live in a 'broken society'? Would you agree that the somewhat doom laden approach of those making such an assertion risks creating a political culture solely based on negative campaigning?


Answer for Broken Society

Answer for Broken Society

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my article, I explained how I was immensely proud of what young British athletes have achieved in Beijing. Their success is a tribute to their sense of ambition, determination and self-discipline. These are the qualities I am keen to encourage in teenagers across London, where a lack of purpose, discipline and self-esteem lead many to wasted lives and violence. Those who pretend there is not a problem are complacent, and should recognise that there is a huge challenge if every teenager is to fulfill their potential as our athletes have managed.