What Happens In London, Stays In…

By Steve Parkhurst

Over in the Across The Pond section that I moderate here on US Daily Review, stories in recent days have been about the riots in London. I have been listening to radio shows out of London and I have been devouring news accounts as I can. I fear that the nanny-state that exists in the U.K. is on it’s way here. Many are probably saying the nanny-state already exists here, though I would argue we don’t have it nearly as bad as the U.K. does.  And it’s tough not to have watched President Obama’s 2008 campaign and not think that he and his supporters wanted more nanny-state status, not less.

So I read with great interest a column from the Daily Telegraph that I did not link to in Across The Pond because I wanted to put some focus on a few specific passages.

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom” was authored by Peter Oborne.

“The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up.”

I will note here that the Labour government was in power for 13 years, the current Coalition government has been in power about 15 months, and the Tory government was in power for the rest of the “last two decades” referenced by Oborne, so you do the math.

“It should be stressed that most people (including, I know, Telegraph readers) continue to believe in honesty, decency, hard work, and putting back into society at least as much as they take out.

But there are those who do not. Certainly, the so-called feral youth seem oblivious to decency and morality.”

I thought this was pretty strong, until this closing bit:

“Something has gone horribly wrong in Britain. If we are ever to confront the problems which have been exposed in the past week, it is essential to bear in mind that they do not only exist in inner-city housing estates.

The culture of greed and impunity we are witnessing on our TV screens stretches right up into corporate boardrooms and the Cabinet. It embraces the police and large parts of our media. It is not just its damaged youth, but Britain itself that needs a moral reformation.”

Is it time for a preemptive “moral reformation” here, before there are riots in our streets for no reason at all? Do we want to one day be facing the same problems with an out of control nanny-state that just needs more and more money from the workers on the nation, to pay those who refuse to do anything for themselves.

Steve Parkhurst is a political consultant, a writer at his blog as well as a Senior Editor here at US Daily Review, where he maintains the Across The Pond feature.  Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveParkhurst
All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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