Several minutes ago Dalrymple posted a comment on David Cameron’s recent speech in Luton on multiculturalism to National Review’s blog the Corner. While noting that “Much of what Mr. Cameron said was perfectly sensible, moderate, and self-evident”, he offers a few depressing facts the prime minister left out:
Britain has the highest crime rate in Western Europe, despite having a third of all the closed-circuit television cameras in the world to oversee the population, and despite having more or less abandoned a suspect’s right to silence. There are whole areas of the country in which the weight of the state in the economy is not far short of that of the state in Soviet Russia. Thanks to state-sponsored social pathology, more than a third of the population is entirely dependent on the state for its livelihood, and would starve without it. The last government created a new criminal offense every working day for ten years, such that no citizen can possibly know what is legal and what is not. Arbitrary and constantly changing regulation makes life a nightmare for anyone running a business or a service. While expenditure on education doubled between 2000 and 2007, the proportion of British children learning a foreign language declined by 75 percent. In short, the British state is a swamp of corruption, all the worse for being more intellectual and moral than straightforwardly financial.Read the whole thing.
As an American I can tell you that almost no one in my country knows of the situation in Britain, a situation this recent story in Standpoint (h/t Gavin O.) makes infuriatingly clear. If they did know, many of them would mourn the decline of a dear friend.