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The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – Telegraph Blogs

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – Telegraph Blogs.

The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom

By Peter Oborne

Last updated: August 11th, 2011

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and the entire British political class came together yesterday to denounce the rioters. They were of course right to say that the actions of these looters, arsonists and muggers were abhorrent and criminal, and that the police should be given more support.

But there was also something very phony and hypocritical about all the shock and outrage expressed in parliament. MPs spoke about the week’s dreadful events as if they were nothing to do with them.

I cannot accept that this is the case. Indeed, I believe that the criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. 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.

It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. […]

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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.

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Prince Charles Is a Drink Driver …

… titles The Sun. But be careful to read correctly, “drink” and not “drunk“. And it’s explained as follows:

The classic gas-guzzler, a DB6 Volante given to the Prince by the Queen to mark his 21st birthday in 1970, has been overhauled to make it more environmentally-friendly.
It now runs on bioethanol extracted from local vineyards’ surplus plonk – at a cost of £1.10 per litre.

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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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