Broken Britain

October 1, 2008

Being in the US, I don’t always catch up on the latest happenings in the UK. I usually choose to look at the websites of BBC, the Guardian or the Times, not the real good stuff in the Daily Mail, the Daily Express or the Sun. I hadn’t known that there is the term ‘Broken Britain‘ applied to the state of affairs in the UK under the Gordon Brown government, which of course denies. What evidence is there that Britain is broken? Everything from the knife crime epidemic, censorship, the London congestion charge, binge drinking, economic crises, CCTV, political correctness, the decline of Eastenders over the years, a general yobbery about the land, and white flight – people are fleeing Britain for Australia, Canada, and gasp, even the US.

The latest glaring example of Broken Britain in the tabs is the story of the hero executive banker who had his bead batted about like a football by a gang of yobs. Coming to the aid of a homeless man and his companion who being attacked by the gang in the city Norwich, Frank McGarahan later died of his injuries in hospital.

There’s also the case of the office manager strangled by her employee whom she caught robbing the office, but the killer is an American, so I guess you have to let that one go. A student being urged to kill hiimself by a crowd, now that’s broken.

Meanwhile the Tory leader David Cameron is urging bipartisanship, American style, in order to rescue Britain’s broken, American style, financial system. Well, not too American for Mr. Cameron, the world’s using Congress as an example of what to avoid.


One Response to “Broken Britain”

  1. James Taylor Says:

    Great that our American cousins are picking up the theme.

    Britain is broken. There is no doubt about it but there are plenty of questions around the reasons why.

    I would say we have failed because the state has been allowed further and further into our lives. Britons are responsibility bi-polar: on one hand they’re responsible for nothing (the behaviour of their children, for instance) and on the other they’re responsible for the minutiae of other people’s lives (teachers take it upon themselves to rifle through children’s school lunchboxes for verboten foodstuffs in the interests of the nation’s health). This has happened because the government has conditioned us to big state intervention using tools like fear and the illusion of protection through things like surveillance and ID cards.

    Shrinking the state needs to be a priority for Britain in the coming years. People need to take responsibility for their own lives and the state should trust them to do that. The price of greater trust should be greater penalties for stepping out of line and a greater chance of being brought to justice. We also need to encourage an over-arching British culture similar to the American culture: British multiculturalism has failed completely: people need to come here and stay here on the basis that they’re British (whatever that means) and that they want to be British and enjoy British culture. There’s room for sub-culture but British citizens must be British first and foremost.

    The Conservatives — hotly tipped to win the next election — used to believe in these things. We have no idea whether they still do as Brown’s government has gone into meltdown and the Conservatives are too clever to mess it all up by having challenging policies.

    I hope that they’re listening and that they will do what is right for our country.

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