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Cameron: 'Don't walk on the other side'
David Cameron and youngsters in Devon
Clearly, Asbos are right for some kids, but if you start pretending that government action is the solution to every problem, you create an irresponsible society
David Cameron

In his interview with the Politics Show, David Cameron encouraged people not to 'walk on the other side', blaming the Labour government for creating what he called the 'irresponsible society'.

Ahead of a speech on Monday about the need to restore a 'civil society', Mr Cameron said:

"My worry is that, after a decade of a Labour government that said the State is always the answer, more government is always the answer, they actually created the irresponsible society...

"They've taken responsibility away from people.

"They used to say, Mrs Thatcher was - 'There's no such thing as society'.

"To me, Blair and Brown have created, 'There is No Such Thing as Society' Britain, they've sucked responsibility away from people and I want to give it back to them."

Answering Asbos

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Challenged by Jon Sopel to give examples of where the government had gone wrong, David Cameron attacked the over-use of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos).

He said: "...let's take the example of young people behaving badly. It's a problem right across the country, no denying it.

"Asbos are the government's answer, well intentioned but now I think out of control.

"These things are being handed out like confetti, they're being breached all over the place. They're not working.

"And they're taking away the responsibility from parents.

"Clearly, Asbos are right for some kids, but if you start pretending that government action is the solution to every problem, you create an irresponsible society."

Pro-family

Mr Cameron also called for government action to support marriage, as a way of "encouraging a sense of responsibility in our country".

He added: "Government has to do its bit. It can help change the culture.

"I want a culture that is more pro-family, more pro-marriage. That we have less family break-down, that's what I want to see in our country.

"Government can't do that on its own, of course not, but where government can help is through the tax and benefits system and I believe it should take those steps and therefore encourage a much more pro-family culture in Britain."

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