posted on Apr, 22 2012 @ 11:15 AM
reply to post by blueorder
I think an important thing to realise is that many 'crimes' and 'offences' that are reported and included in modern statistics once over were
either shrugged off and even accepted as part and parcel of life or were brushed under the carpet.
In most instances that's definately a good thing however, it's certainly led to some things being sensationalised etc.
When I first started drinking in pubs etc Landlords were encouraged and even expected to be able to look after themselves and to be able to sort
trouble out themselves without involving police unless really necessary.
Nowadays Landlords and DPS's are more or less instructed not to get involved in any potential or actual violent situation, regardless of how trivial,
and to report everything to the police.
This results in far more arrests etc and a general perception of increased violence.
In addition we no longer have bouncers who would give a drunken or slightly aggressive punter a bit of a slap and send him on his way, now we have
doormen with strict instructions of how they can handle situations and who have a link to police and other doormen etc.
Again this results in far more situations being reported and recorded.
As with the increase in murder rates etc this is all just a reflection of society as a whole and the changing external forces that influence people
As is the 'blame' and 'compensation' culture.
Once over people just accepted a black eye and a few scratches, now people report it immediately and hope to gain financial compensation from anyone
I certainly don't intend to trivialise anything but we really need to get a sense of perspective on some things.
Personally I genuinely believe that the reason successive governments seem intent on destroying pub culture is not for any health or finacial concerns
but simply to stop people meeting and talking about how the politicians and their friends are continuing to screw this country over.