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transitioning.org > London riots reflect the real values of the British elite: Number of View: 12 London riots r...

riots reflect the real values of the British elite By PHILLIP BLOND IN LONDON THE riots that swept England in early August shocked the country, mainly because there seemed to be no guiding motive or burning injustice. In fact, these riots represent a new sociological phenomenon – one that reflects the profound social, cultural and economic shifts in Britainover the past 30 years. Violence just a symptom: An OECD survey in 2010 found that Britain has the lowest rate of social mobility in the developed world The August riots were new in that gangs of predominantly young unemployed men were able, using new media, to launch a series of semi-organised disturbances for the purpose not of protest, but of criminal gain. But why? Because in a savage manner, they were acting out the values that increasingly seem to govern and embodyBritain: ruthless self-interest coupled to a rootle...

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