The mass criminality in the big cities is merely a speeded-up and concentrated version of life on most large estates – fear, intimidation, cruelty, injustice, savagery towards the vulnerable and the different, a cold sneer turned towards any plea for pity, the awful realisation that when you call for help from the authorities, none will come. _Peter HitchensAt times like this, one must ask the question: what is the purpose of the welfare state? It seems as if the outcome of the welfare state is a helpless dependency on government handouts, and a growing resentment against the shrinking numbers who try to succeed on their own. This resentment against both authority and against those who actually work for a living, has grown so strong that it explodes into open violence from time to time.
All that is missing for it to grow into full-scale insurrection, is larger numbers of rotten members, and a catastrophic event of opportunity that could serve as the trigger for an all-out rebellion.
Just look and see how many shops are protected with steel shutters, how many homes have bars on their windows. This is not new.A welfare state might have survived if the UK had been sitting on a Saudi Arabia of light, sweet crude oil. But even Saudi Arabia is beginning to discover the follies of unchecked welfare-ism. The kingdom is also facing the threat of insurrection.
As the polluted flood (it is not a tide; it will not go back down again)...washes on to their very doorsteps, well-off and influential Left-wingers at last meet the filthy thing they have created, and which they ignored when it did not affect them personally.
...The great majority of the looters, smashers, burners and muggers have not been arrested and never will be. Our long-enfeebled police were so useless at the start that thousands of crimes were committed with total impunity.
Now we know why they don’t call themselves ‘police forces’ any more. But they aren’t ‘services’ either, for they certainly don’t serve us or do what we want them to do, preferring to arrest us for defending ourselves. The criminals, who are cunning without being intelligent, all know this. They will wait for the next chance.
...The loping, smirking, shuffling creeps who eventually appeared before the courts were the ultimate losers – the ones who came late to the looting and who were too slow or too stupid to run before they were put in the bag.
Ransacked: Looters targeted many shops
And what courts they are. In the one I sat in last week, self-confessed thieves are courteously addressed by magistrates and clerks as ‘mister’ and asked politely to stand up or ‘accompany the officers’ back to the cells or – more often – out into the street on bail. In the part of the dock reserved for those already free on bail, nobody has bothered to clean up the scribbled and disrespectful graffiti.
Why should anyone respect or fear this chamber of indifference? The wall-hangings behind the magistrates are scruffy and scratched.
There is no sense of awe or determination or of much purpose. There is only a strong sense of going through the motions for the sake of appearances.
Nobody is directly punished for what he has done. Excuses must first be sought, and indulgence arranged where there should be cold rage. There will be ‘social inquiry reports’ and ‘youth offender teams’ who bustle smilingly in and out ready to start work on yet another ‘client’.
...the more encounters you have with our justice system, the less you fear it. A few ‘exemplary’ sentences – none of which will be served in full, or anything near it – will only help to spread the word that arson, robbery, violence, spite and selfishness are not punished here any more. Indeed these are the things we are now famous for around a world that once respected us.
And that is why we have many more nasty surprises waiting for us, here in The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain. _PeterHitchens
For the UK, the rebellion is coming from multiple directions. But every front of the coming rebellion will have been fed, watered, and kept alive by the welfare state.