Burning busses, overturned cars, smashed windows and spoiled upper class youths joining in with grown up feral children gone wild. Jolly Old England may still be old but the Brits have lost their jollies. Socrates would have you answer the question, why? The UK Daily Mail responds:
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters.
And that’s just the headline. If I were still a headline editor, I would have changed brutalized to brutalizing. The paper went on to suggest:
Nobody has ever dared suggest to them that they need feel any allegiance to anything, least of all Britain or their community. They do not watch royal weddings or notice Test matches or take pride in being Londoners or Scousers or Brummies. Not only do they know nothing of Britain’s past, they care nothing for its present.
A wee bit of translation is in order for American readers. Brummies are people from the city of Brumfield or its environs. The definition of a Scouser is less obvious. A Scouser is someone from Liverpool; from either side of the river Mersey qualifies. These are middle class areas known for the fierce pride of their citizens.
People who are proud of their accomplishments do not seek to destroy the source of their pride. Youths who are proud of their nation and neighborhood are not given to trashing them. Liberal dogma in Britain has created a welfare state and a world without these prides.
How many of the rioters vote is an open question. But there can be little question about which party they would support.