Once upon a time, the works of William Hogarth characterized the English people. Works such as Gin Lane were not very exaggerated depictions of the general debauched and drunken state of the English people. For a short time, the Victorian reformers succeeded in creating a middle class morality, that for a year, resisted Adolf Hitler’s forces, alone. Indeed, heroes such as Nicholas Winton were not only unknown, but common. Among the RAF, the Royal Navy, the Army, and among the British people who took the worst Hitler could hurl at them, and endured.
Now, in a tragedy written across the Western World, the British have fallen to this:
A Polish traveler took shocking pictures of his stay in Cardiff, Wales, showing just how debauched, depraved, and horrible the character of the British people have become. The links show party-goers sitting by mounds of fast food trash, transvestites, public drunks (so drunken they’ve fallen asleep), miserable, crying girls wearing almost nothing, general obesity among the populace, and older women dressing like younger folks instead of the dignity their age deserves. There are more pictures like this:
The Photographer’s website with more images that are shocking is here
Nor is this an isolated “bad town” (Cardiff is a major city in Wales). The OECD report lists Britain as being worst in health, lifestyles, and education among 30 industrialized nations. UK Teenage girls (as the pictures at the Photographer’s website will confirm) are among the worst drunks in the world. In drinking, smoking, and teenage pregnancy, only Turkey and Mexico rated worse than the UK. Underage teenagers are more likely to get drunk than any other country, and proportions of teen-age mothers and single mother families were among the highest of all nations in the survey. This despite the UK being above OECD averages in social spending, particularly on youth and education.
Drunken-ness is epidemic, with one third 13 and 15 year olds being drunk at least twice. This compares to 12 percent of Americans and 14 percent of French counterparts. Only 70% of English children live with both parents, which falls to 68% in Scotland and 66% in Wales. Drunkeness is particularly striking among teen-age girls, troubling as girls have a higher risk for alcoholism and drunken-ness encourages risky behavior.
Labor has responded by issuing credit cards for condoms to boys as young as 12. Police prevented neighbors and parents from rescuing children trapped in a fire result three dead. As Mary Steyn noted in England freedom dies a little each day.
Meanwhile, Britain is evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state, with local trust officials arrested for writing in a newspaper column “If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you.” A 14 year old schoolgirl was arrested for wanting to work with students in a group project who spoke English, as her group only spoke Urdu. A ten year old boy was arrested for calling an 11 year old boy a “Paki” and “bin Laden” during a playground argument at school.
Hate-crime police investigated Basil Brush, a puppet fox on children’s television, who had made a joke about Gypsies. The BBC confessed that Brush had behaved inappropriately and assured police that the episode would be banned.
A bishop was warned by the police for not having done enough to “celebrate diversity”, the enforcing of which is now apparently a police function. A Christian home for retired clergy and religious workers lost a grant because it would not reveal to official snoopers how many of the residents were homosexual. That they had never been asked was taken as evidence of homophobia.
Muslim parents who objected to young children being given books advocating same-sex marriage and adoption at one school last year had their wishes respected and the offending material withdrawn. This year, Muslim and Christian parents at another school objecting to the same material have not only had their objections ignored but have been threatened with prosecution if they withdraw their children.
Permissiveness as well as draconianism can be deployed to destroy socially accepted norms and values. The Royal Navy, for instance, has installed a satanist chapel in a warship to accommodate the proclivities of a satanist crew member. “What would Nelson have said?” is a British newspaper cliche about navy scandals, but in this case seems a legitimate question. Satanist paraphernalia is also supplied to prison inmates who need it.
Meanwhile, a British soccer player has been stabbed in the legs by his sister’s boyfriend and associates. The West Ham Premier League player is intensive care, may have both his legs amputated, and nearly bled to death. His mother was also stabbed (the player objected to the relationship between his sister and her boyfriend, by whom she is pregnant with her second child). Appearing at the arraignment sporting a black eye, sister Cara Davenport mouthed “I love you” to Worrell Whitehurst, the accused. Another report of the incident may be found here. The father of Cara Davenport’s first child is notorious armed robber Neville Knight who is serving a life sentence for robbing security vans and supermarkets, along with his latest girlfriend, who got 10 years for helping in the robberies.
One can argue that the natural state of British life is Hogarthian dissolution. Certainly French, Italian, Spanish, and German visitors who were contemporaries of Hogarth were appalled at the public drunken-ness and displays, which even to the early 18th century sensibilities of their time, was distasteful. But the Victorians were able, through much hard work and cultural messages, to generally reform British life. Sherlock Holmes stories are filled with Holmes, Watson, and other characters carrying revolvers around their persons, and life while rough and often filled with crime, was never debauched to this current level. Indeed, while 19th Century Victorian Britons held revolvers and other weapons, they were in fact used fairly infrequently, as opposed to the crime waves of today’s Britain with frequent firearms-enabled robberies. Such as Knight’s robberies of Astra Supermarkets.
The moral dissolution and the soft tyranny of the nanny state are one and the same. Men and Women behave abominably, in equal measure, as seen in the pictures on the Polish photographer’s (Maciej Dakowitz) website, or the stories linked above. The State is unwilling to address the root cause of the bad behavior, which is a culture of corruption and dissolution. Money is not the problem, the mounds of (expensive) fast food around the drunken, often obese Cardiff revelers, and the money spent on youth, according the OECD reports, attest to poverty not being the cause of moral dissolution. Instead, to be seen as “doing something” the State issues rules that only affect the law-abiding. Only law-abiding people obey the police as the fire races through their neighbors house. A lawless society would have simply shoved aside (or shot with illegal firearms) the police and rescued their neighbors or family members. Only the lawful obey PC arrest orders for violating the PC-Multicultural “state religion.” Meanwhile every sort of bad behavior is celebrated. Excused. Explained away.
The Victorians were able to win a victory (for a while) over Hogarthian England, by creation of the Middle Class. As any reader of a Sherlock Holmes story can verify, this victory was not absolute even in the height of Victorian powers, and eventually faded away into a reversion into Hogarthian England. But Middle Class men and women, focused on that Victorian invention, the Middle Class family, oriented around children, and grand-children, and solid, respectable, Middle Class achievement, was capable of great things. It was capable of producing a man like Nicolas Winton, who rescued 669 Jewish Schoolchildren in Czechoslovakia from the Nazis, and did not speak of it even to his wife for forty years. The solid, Middle Class respectability produced a nation, capable of fighting alone for a year against Adolf Hitler’s War Machine, without any hope of victory, and at great cost. Withstanding the Blitz that leveled half of London and other British Cities, including destroying Coventry, and near-starvation from the Nazi U-Boats sinking British shipping. This was the true strength of a society oriented around “beta male” respectability. It was not able to excite women like Cara Davenport through thuggery, nor produce the general attitude of debauchery found in Cardiff. But when it counted, it stood against perhaps the most mighty and evil war machine for a year, alone.
Nothing is more tragic than it’s disappearance from the Earth. It’s loss, and that of Middle Class two-parent families, creating the hell that is Hogarthian England, once again.