Politicians’ speeches are often peppered with the word ‘responsibility’. Take this speech by David Cameron in 2010. After telling us that responsibility ‘is central to my beliefs, my politics, the change I want to bring to this country’, he states that it ‘is the value that elevates a collection of human beings to a civilisation – and building this responsible society is the avowed mission of the modern Conservative Party.’ Shortly afterwards he claims that responsibility ‘is not a value that simply exists in the ether, or can be injected there by government – it is a value that can only find life and expression in the decisions and actions of individuals’. Continue reading