As England is wracked by spreading mobs of anarchist youth, Britain's Home Secretary reveals the rot at the core of the modern entitlement state. Responding to calls for a firmer response to yobs attacking private property and innocent citizens, Theresa May intoned,
The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon," she told Sky News. "The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities."
She may not have noticed that major communities in Britain are under attack, and not just undergoing an Anglo version of Spring Break in Dayton Beach. May's statement is nonsensical, for either she is talking about the very rioters themselves or assuming that private citizens too afraid to come out of their homes expect some type of dialogue with the Metropolitan Police. Worse, it sends the very strongest signal to Britons that their leaders no longer have the will to maintain public order, which is the very fundament of civil society.
Perhaps only when the mobs reach Belgravia and Kensington will the authorities step in to protect the upper middle classes. That, too, will make clear the corrosive division in society that ultimately leads law-abiding individuals to defend their own families and assure self-preservation. Endemic social dissension and conflict is never far behind. It seems that Britain's fate rests to some degree on whether the yobs can keep up their strenuous exertions in the service of Perses. The adults have gone off for a pint while England burns.
Michael Auslin is a resident scholar at AEI.