Despite debating this for days I had never considered this angle - very true though.
I doubt the morons involved have the brains to have made a conscience reaction to this. But it certainly demonstrates one of the core reasons we got
in to this state - we are following our leaders. They lead by example. You are so right that they are no different, they steal from Bang & Olufsen not
Curry's and Fortnum and Mason not Poundland.
For a bit of light relief to dilute the anger at these losers, have a look at this:
They are raiding the Poundshop for crisps and fizzy drinks - T.O.T.A.L S.H.A.M.E.
The bad behaviour of our ruling classes is undoubtedly the cause and it has been going on for far too long, we are creating ignorant monsters. To add
to your concept, the other reasons that I see:
1. Lack of respect
2. Lack of discipline
3. Failure to take responsibility for ones actions - it is always someone else or a bad situation to blame.
4. World owes me a living
5. Easy sentences for crime. Last Tuesday, after the worst night of the London riots, media reports stated prisons were full. Honestly - they wouldn't
have been if 15 of them had been put in one cell - a la Thailand etc.
6. Benefits readily available to lazy people - not those who need it
7. Ludicrous application of Human Rights law
I loathe the ridiculous sometimes over zealous punishments they are dishing out at the moment. A miserable, mis-placed PR stunt in my eyes. Oh look at
us dealing with the problem. The words horse and bolted spring to mind. It would be great if they stuck to such high standards but when this whole
show is over we will return to criminal easy street.
People only behave as you allow them to. OP - you are spot on, this country has been positively encouraging it for years.
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