Sept 6, 2011 – On this morning’s front pages we have a choice between the Guardian on rioting “criminal classes,” and Daily Express “fury” over some judge’s remark that squatters “are not criminals.” The Guardian reports Kenneth Clarke’s comments about a “broken penal system” and “a feral underclass, cut off from the mainstream in everything but its materialism”.
The Express reports a Tory MP saying “I am outraged” (over the judge/squatters).
In newsagents, you can sometimes observe people tutting and/or nodding in response to such “news”. It’s probably advisable to give a wide berth to people who exhibit such reactions.
“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?” — Plato, 4th Century BC
• ‘SAME AS 10YRS AGO, SAME AS 100YRS AGO’
• ‘READ A GOOD BOOK INSTEAD’
• ‘MOVE ALONG – NOTHING TO SEE HERE’