I have written before about the problems of our “broken society” in Britain. Nothing brings those issues into sharper focus than the truly awful case of Fiona Pilkington and her family. They were dreadfully let down by many organisations over many years with tragic consequences, but the root cause of their problems was not the failure of the police, social services and the local council (horrendous though they were) but the failure of society to stand up for the vulnerable in our communities and for some individuals and families to take responsibility for their own actions and treat others with respect.
Anti-social behaviour is a scourge of our society. Our failure as a country to deal with over the last few years should be a source of national shame. Along with rebuilding our economy, rebuilding our society will be the great challenge for the next government.