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.