What nonsense! LOL!
Here's the real skinny!
Mark Steyn: Lessons for us from London in flames | london, want, book - Opinion - The Orange County Register
Finished it now. Gotta quote this.One-tenth of the adult population has done not a day's work since Tony Blair took office on May 1, 1997.
.This is the logical dead end of the Nanny State. When William Beveridge laid out his blueprint for the British welfare regime in 1942, his goal was the "abolition of want" to be accomplished by "co-operation between the State and the individual." In attempting to insulate the citizenry from life's vicissitudes, Sir William succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. As I write in my book: "Want has been all but abolished. Today, fewer and fewer Britons want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity." The United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, fellow toffs, upscale gays and Muslims
Last edited by LuckyDan; 08-14-11 at 02:25 AM.
Yeah, PeteEU is absolutely correct of course. People don't just riot for the heck of it one sunny Sunday afternoon on their way from bunch to a crouquet match or whatever... They riot when they are beyond frustrated by the abuse they've been getting from the system. The UK is the only country in the world with a wider rich/poor gap and lower intergenerational income mobility that the US has. That is why people are so frustrated, and I don't think anybody would seriously deny that those problems are the product of conservative politics. If you push people too far, you take too much advantage of them, you concentrate all the country's GDP in the hands of too few people, etc, eventually the people snap. That isn't news. Everybody has known that forever. Greenspan warned the GOP not to push any further or they would risk creating a full blown revolution back early in the Bush years. The GOP pushed further anyways. We didn't see a revolution obviously, but at some point that line does get crossed. The UK isn't there yet either, but the riot is a clear indication that they are getting close. Ultimately the people won't tolerate feudalism regardless of whether it is rationalized in religious language like it was in the middle ages or economic theories that are clearly designed just to benefit the rich like "trickle down" and whatnot.
Last edited by teamosil; 08-14-11 at 07:18 AM.
I used to think leftists were either stupid or dishonest. I'm afraid the same applies to prominent RW commentators like Mr. Steyn.