England’s riots shouldn’t be blamed on ‘moral decline’, says Tony Blair | UK news | The Observer

England’s riots shouldn’t be blamed on ‘moral decline’, says Tony Blair | UK news | The Observer.

Rather interesting. This is without doubt the most sensible thing I have ever heard this man say. My only point of contention is the apparent contradiction inherent in what he’s saying: he talks about ‘these people’ not being symptomatic of wider trends within society and yet also claims that you find them ‘in virtually every developed nation’. So perhaps he’s quite adroitly identified a pervasive trend in late capitalist societies (disenfranchised working class youth trapped between deindustrialisation, rampant consumerism, cultural individualization) but is unable and willing to identify its structural origins?

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