There is politics and there is politics, but occasionally a politician crosses the line of human decency. David Cameron, leader of England’s Conservative Party, has every right and responsibility to attack the Labor government of Gordon Brown. However, his latest tirade was in bad taste and unbecoming an individual who seeks leadership of a nation. The Tory leader blasted Prime Minister Brown for fostering gimmicks that had no lasting impact on society. Among the programs he cited was a government initiative to send students from every secondary school and college in England on a trip to Auschwitz. “We’ve never known a government,” said Cameron, “that is so obsessed with short-term gimmicks, with top-down control, with endless meddling in every part of everyone’s life.”
A trip to Auschwitz by adolescent students is a moving experince that will impact them for the rest of their lives. It compels young people who have been sheltered from the horrors of human life to pause for a moment, to reflect on humanity’s inhumanity, and to explore their own inner world. I assume Mr. Cameron has never made the trip to Auschwitz. Let me recommend that Prime Minister Gordon Brown offer him an all expense paid trip to that locale in Poland. By the way, among the other “gimmicks” were opportunities to clean hospitals or obtan an examination to detect cancer.