The Problem With Britain – The Neglected Dog That Bites


The Problem With Britain?

The disgraceful riots of early August 2011 have unfortunately been due for a long time.

I have been aware of a serious undercurrent of distrust, disenfranchisement and general hate since the early 90’s and in all honesty this probably started in the mid 80’s or potentially even earlier….I am 34.

The problem is that the undercurrent has become so huge that almost every citizen in Britain is deeply unhappy with some major factor that Britain currently represents, some choose to moan quietly, some protest to government and now some simply smash up their own neighbourhoods and loot what they can.

The neglected dog that bites:

London Riots

As someone who has done in the field market research in some of the poorest areas of Birmingham in the last ten years I can tell you that many people in the rest of the UK have no idea what the fabric of deprived inner city places really looks and feels like.

A simple way of describing some of these areas would be prisons within prisons, fear on top of fear, and many of this is probably caused in some parts by lack of opportunity, terrible architecture, too many cultural mixes, and no family structure to mould people positively (I have heard all manner of races being essentially racist against others in Birmingham, racism is not a purely white issue at all, it is a natural reaction when people feel threatened by another race, simple)

Their is undoubtedly some of the strongest minded people I have ever met who also live in these communities, unfortunately less and less people respect or listen to these people and I suspect they are a dying breed.

Britain is one of the most liberal countries you can imagine, and is its only remaining “Great” part that stays as a prefix to a largely broken Island. The problem is that this liberalism is no longer respected or appreciated and I fear that it perhaps needs to alter in order to wake people up to what they have now or will simply miss totally in the long term.

Many broken elements of Britain:

We have a situation now in Britain where the inner city youth have on many occasions no father figure, a mother who is perhaps still essentially an under educated child and the only perceived ways out of this dark place is drugs, sport and music.

We do however have an industry only too happy to lap up the misguided and angry youth of Britain and that is worth some £6 Billion pounds, yes the illegal drug industry, and is often the only real structured lifestyle that many young people aspire to be part of, it is evil, scary and often brutal and it is therefore no wonder that so many young people now have so much anger and lack of respect.

Mob mentality is appealing and spreads quickly:

You cannot deny that for many people (women included) rioting and mob mentality is hugely appealing, and has been going on each Saturday for over a hundred years at football grounds and towns throughout the UK. Though it is wholly wrong to destroy innocent peoples property and businesses, the simple fact is that something very sinister has occurred in the UK, a tipping point has been reached where respect and any form of rationality has completely disappeared, the rioters essentially have no concrete reason to riot, they have just got caught up and carried away. Social networks and also the use of BBM messaging via blackberry’s will have aided (but not caused) this mass rioting, indeed many group leaders would clarify those points.

Small group creates the mob:

It is undoubtedly only a small group of people who create the right conditions for other less disenfranchised and perhaps more peaceful people to actually start rioting, but it seems there is quite simply the right sense of injustice that currently is related to corrupt banks, corrupt governments, and corrupt institution’s coupled with a general decision to punish the working man for societies financial issues caused by and large by the powers that be……This is the “loose” excuse that almost every rioter is using, and must not be forgotten despite the rioting being wildly disproportionate to the issues they claim to be pushing.

Rise of capitalism and growth of related social unrest:

Agree with this or not, but there appears to be a huge correlation with the rise of capitalism and associated materialism and a growth in the idolisation of false heroes such as footballers and “stars”, no longer do mass swathes of our youth want to better their own communities and lives, and choose the professions of doctors, medics, police, scientists, firemen and teachers as all are often seen as a pointless occupation and one that is wholly dull….Though with 1 in 5 young people out of work you can see why the climate for unrest has well and truly been set.

The youth want fast bucks, instant respect and to live their life with no respect for anyone outside their peer group, the problem this country faces is multifaceted.

In the UK it is possible to claim benefits while doing absolutely nothing to enrich your life but moan about what extra money you are owed….owed?….If people in the UK realised that the amount of money in your pocket does not make you better or worse than the next person we would have some hope of making young minds less fearful of their future and more open to change and helping each other.

But while the young may sound dumb, (and when interviewed they do) they do see what goes on in the World and through music and their own sub cultures they are made aware of the ills that surround them and absolutely affect their lives, make no doubt that these kids are politicised, they most likely hate the fact we are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, dislike and do not trust banks for the total mess they have put the globe in while continuing to act with impunity in disgraceful manners, they will also not trust big institutions such as brands, and big business for their often disgraceful actions in general and will almost all hate politicians for the total betrayal they feel has been placed on their generation.

This is mass awareness that is manifesting itself in one of the most ugly ways possible.

Maybe one of the real problems we have to face is that the “yoof” of the UK comprehend only in sound-bites and headlines, often too lazy or lacking the ability to read further, they are perhaps victims of the dumbing down of general life in the UK, of which we all now see and feel the backlash.

Democracy does not work:

Politics needs long term solutions to societies problems and these are almost never vote winners.

Both Labour and the Conservatives are to blame for the wrongs in Britain’s societies but in the end if any blame is to be laid it has to be with the individual and society in general, we live in a hugely privileged country compared to most of the World and I struggle to see how you can justify rioting on such a scale despite all the problems which I feel need sorting.

Where conservatives went wrong was to create a material society where you are too often judged on what you own and not what you do to help others, this is endemic in many areas of the Western world and absolutely will be our downfall.

Labour on the other hand seem to believe that mis-guided spending on people and communities will make members take more responsibility and fix broken societies but quite often this simply breeds a lack of hope, laziness and an expectation that someone else should intervene when times get tough, though when done right social benefits are a desirable part of a civilised society and is a much needed part of a social safety net, the problem is that state benefits are widely abused and often never help the people who need it the most.

Perhaps what is needed right now is a benevolent dictator, Maggie Thatcher with a slightly less cruel hand who does not over stay her welcome, yes we probably need a strong woman right now!

The towers of Babylon fall:

With the rise of mobile communication, social networking and general chatter, I can not help but feel that the biblical towers of Babylon seem to have a whole load of meaning with current world issues:

Yahweh was concerned that humans had too much freedom to do as they wished, so Yahweh brought into existence multiple languages. Thus, Humans were divided into linguistic groups, and unable to understand each other.

Though after saying all this, perhaps what is truly needed this evening in Britain is something we are very famous for…rain.

Anthony Munns
  • FCUK Debs.

    Firstly I must say great article.

    Would it be totally ridiculous to think about legalising drugs seen as this is the backdrop to many of the main perpetrators lives?…tough one for sure, but while gangs get rich and lure more of the children into this life (no jobs elsewhere etc) what hope do we have, would it not be better to have the taxes from a 6 billion pound industry in the governments coffers to then spend on rehabilitation and extra jobs for the young etc?….this may as you say just not be a vote winner in which case yes, like the article says, democracy does not work for the better of people on many occasions as proper policies that will change things for the better are not vote winners, only those in power benefit!….I would still rather my money paid in taxes to government to peopel on the dole and in general was not pumped back into the pockets of sinister gangs who ride around in very large Range Rovers with blacked out windows and guns.

  • Ma22704

    We’ve reaped what we sowed, this country has made several mistakes, one of them was doing the same thing the USA did back when Castro send “refuges” from Cuba. He opened the prisons and the US took all of Castros rubbish. We became the soft touch of Europe “Come to UK, get a house, get paid. England is the land of Milk and Honey”. We ended up with half the single males from the world all jumping on the back of a lorry at Calias. What happens when they get caught? Its either “Would you mind awfully if you could turn up at the immigration centre tomorrow? If we grant you bail tonight, you promise to turn up in the morning? If its not too much trouble?” or “I’ll be killed if I go back to…..” usually its a country with a more stable democracy than here. I’m not saying they are all con artist but lets just say they know how the game is played to get the maximum benefit out of this country

    Want to make it stop? Then copy the French. Want to claim asylum in France? You get 6 months of dole and a lump sum and then you are on your own. I have lived in France and the rest of Europe and thier attitude is “if you want to live here, learn the language (all government forms and officials use the one official language….. French). They wont help you to fill in the form because your to idle to make an effort to learn the language. Not many people claiming asylum as soon as they cross the French border on the way to Calias I noticed

    We have a miriad of cultures within cultures here and none of them are making an effort to integrate, Even thier children which are born here do not call this country home, its always thier parents country that is home. Nobody is interested in the “Big Society” because they want to grab all they can because it a case of survive or die. We have occasions where people have been ran over in the street and they are hurt and nobody will stop and lend a hand or they will either rob them or urinate on them

    I expect a load of PC “Stromtroppers ” to voice an opinion about human rights etc but lets see how long that lasts when a bloke straight off an Eddie Stobarts lorry breaks into thier house and threatens thier cosy existance……not long I expect. On the street you get stopped by a copper and you can see the though process in his head “no chance of a complaint this bloke ……arrest”

    We also have had sucessive governments that have either cut everything to the bone or squandered it all. We have the laxest employment laws in Europe, so it very, very easy for companies to come in get tax breaks etc and then pack up and leg it when times get tough. Then same companies that expect us to pay over the odds for thier goods made in Eastern Europe (Dyson, Peugeot……..ring any bells) The rest of Europe has a stable manufacturing base and what a suprise!! They are doing better than us. Here you have a kid that has a choice of working at KFC, McD or Burger King or he can join his mate driving around in a Range Rover packing a pistol or a SMG and getting easy money to afford all of the good things he would never have. Which one do you expect hes going to choose?

    The article has hit the nail on the head.