Friday, May 04, 2007

Will there always be an England?

Not if these people have their way.

A magistrate writes:

Not for the first time I have sat on a case in which shopkeepers, most of them Asian, seem to be living in a state close to siege. In the latest, a normal-looking parade of shops in an otherwise respectable suburb of London is beset by an amorphous group of locals, mostly but not exclusively young, who hang around doing nothing much apart from giggling, shuffling, and leering. These people routinely steal from the shops, intimidating and occasionally assaulting the owners. In evidence, the shopkeeper who had been assaulted said that assault contempt and abuse was just part of running the business, and that when people steal goods his only priority is to get them back. Often, a trader confronting a thief is surrounded by a jeering and threatening mob, and retreat to the store is the only safe option. There is an obvious racial subtext here, based on the loathing felt by the underclass for brown people who have the cheek to work hard in crap jobs in order to get on in life. This loathing does not prevent the oppressors from buying their cans of Tennents from the despised shopkeepers, and the fact that the shops take their cash serves in some way to reinforce an unjustified feeling of superiority to the 'Pakis'.

1 comment:

scott said...

This is the rot engendered by decades of liberal experimentation that has reduced the role of family and personal responsibility. On the other side of the equation, my British friends tell me that at the top of their list of concerns is the lack of effective policing. If you wish a bit of a laugh at how the Labour party proposes to address that problem,

I think many of the rank and file in the UK agree with your bleak assesment of their country's future, Miriam.