August 12th, 2011


London in a Weetbix packet

DISCLAIMER: I live in New Zealand. In my lifetime, the closest thing to rioting that I've been aware of in my home country is the violence associated with the 1981 Springbok tour. While I was born in England and brought up by English parents, I've never lived there (that I can remember). I have no knowledge, no experience, and no right to speculate on what's going on there right now.

But this morning, I read this Daily Mail 'article' in which the rioting is blamed on The Liberals. A quote:

"The married two-parent family [citation needed], educational meritocracy[citation needed], punishment of criminals[citation needed], national identity[citation needed], enforcement of the drugs laws [citation needed]and many more fundamental conventions [citation needed]were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia [citation needed]hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society[citation needed]."

OK I might have added some commentary in there. *cough*

Another quote: "And the single most crucial factor behind all this mayhem is the willed removal of the most important thing that socialises children and turns them from feral savages into civilised citizens: a father who is a fully committed member of the family unit."

I've been trying to avoid reading too much about it because I know it'll cause me to start drawing conclusions and *loop back to my disclaimer*

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I'm not going to try to tell you what you should think. What I've done here is present some accepted theories of criminality which might help provide a framework for further thought about it. But if you've read all this and have the mind to, it would probably be interesting to go back to the Daily Mail article and read it with this stuff in mind. Makes it look a whole lot different, you know?

In other news, I'm off to Martinborough this weekend. I love the Rapper. Promise not to get eaten by a grue.