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London riots: Why are Britons rioting? – By Anne Applebaum – Slate Magazine

London riots: Why are Britons rioting? – By Anne Applebaum – Slate Magazine.

Riots for Rioting’s Sake

Why are Britons smashing shops and burning buses?

Riots in the British capital hit inner-city Tottenham, suburban Ealing, gritty Hackney, and chic Notting Hill. Windows were smashed, video cameras stolen, cars set ablaze. Young men in hooded sweatshirts congregated on street corners and charged the police. “Copycat” riots followed across the country, from Bristol to Nottingham and Manchester. And nobody really knows why.

Scan the comment pages of the British press, and you will find a wide range of explanations. Read the center-right Daily Telegraph, and you will learn that the riots were caused by a weak and cowardly police force, absent fathers, welfare dependency, or multiculturalism and the tolerance of gangs in schools. Read the center-left Guardian, and you will be informed that police brutality, social exclusion, and cuts in welfare spending and the widening gap between rich and poor are to blame. Some are convinced that high levels of immigration are at fault. Others believe the problem lies in British intolerance of immigrants and minorities.

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Read the full story here: Slate Magazine

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Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet – Telegraph

Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet – Telegraph.

Phone hacking: David Cameron is not out of the sewer yet

Poor judgment lies at the heart of Prime Minister David Cameron’s crisis over the Murdoch empire.

8:32PM BST 08 Jul 2011

For more than three decades the most powerful man in Britain has not been a politician; it has been the brilliant but ruthless US-based media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who burst on to the scene with the purchase of the News of the World in an audacious takeover bid in 1968. Within barely a decade he had built up a controlling interest in British newspapers.

But he did not just control our media. He dominated British public life. Politicians – including prime ministers – treated him with deference and fear. Time and again the Murdoch press – using techniques of which we have only just become aware – destroyed political careers. Murdoch also claims to determine the results of general elections.

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Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise – NYTimes.com

Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise

London

SIX years ago today, on July 7, 2005, Islamist suicide bombers attacked London’s transit system. They blew up three subway trains and a bus, killing 52 people and leaving a nation groping for answers.

In one sense the meaning of 7/7 is as clear to Britons as that of 9/11 is to Americans. It was a savage, brutal attack intended to sow mayhem and terror. Yet whereas 9/11 was the work of a foreign terrorist group, 7/7 was the work of British citizens. The question that haunts London, but that Washington has so far barely had to face, is why four men born and brought up in Britain were gripped by such fanatic zeal for a murderous, medieval dogma.

Read the full story here: The New York Times

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British youth can’t read or write, business leader claims in immigrants jobs row – Telegraph

British youth can’t read or write, business leader claims in immigrants jobs row – Telegraph.

Too many young people are unable to read, write or communicate properly and do not work hard, a business leader claimed, as mass immigration is named by the Government as the biggest threat to challenging the benefits culture.

9:02AM BST 01 Jul 2011

The Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, said business leaders knew there was a problem with youth unemployment but they could not afford to ignore cheaper skilled foreign workers.

Mr Frost said employers needed the “best people” and identified what he said were the problems with too many of Britain’s youth, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He said businesses expected “young people to come forward to them who are able to read, write, communicate and have a strong work ethic and too often that’s not the case”.

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Monarchy ‘shorn of its dignity’ to save money – Telegraph

Monarchy ‘shorn of its dignity’ to save money – Telegraph.

New rules to make the Royal family cheaper and more transparent will leave the monarchy shorn of its dignity, it has been claimed.

10:09PM BST 30 Jun 2011

Under new legislation announced on Thursday, the Queen’s finances will be subjected to the same detailed audit and examination by MPs as Whitehall departments to ensure they provide “value for money”.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP, warned that the plans could undermine the Royal family.

“When we say we want ‘a good value monarchy’, it makes Her Majesty sound like she’s something to be bought off the shop shelf at Tesco. This really cannot be the way to approach our constitution,” he said.

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Great Tits Cope Well with Warming

Now isn’t THAT a headline. And if it was in The Sun, you’d know what to expect. But as it’s in the science section of BBC News, it’s about birds.

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higher McLearning

Amazing, now you can even get your A-level at McDonald’s, cf. “McDonald’s and other big businesses will award their own qualifications equal to GCSEs, A levels and degrees, in subjects such as fast-food restaurant management, the Government will announce today.

Network Rail, Flybe and McDonald’s will become the first companies to be given such powers by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Gordon Brown will announce the move today as he seeks to regain the initiative over the issue of the unskilled unemployed from the Conservatives. “

quoted from: The Times

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offensive pigs

“A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency’s awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims. The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that ‘the use of pigs raises cultural issues’.”

cf. BBC online news

This, to my mind, is political correctness taken too far and smacks of censorship.

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