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England's Riots Shouldn't Be Blamed On 'moral Decline', Says Tony Blair

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/20/englands-riots-tony-blair

Tony Blair has launched a fierce attack on widespread claims that this summer's riots showed that British society is in "moral decline". The former prime minister warns that rash talk of a broken society threatens to harm the country's reputation abroad.

While admitting that he was guilty of a similar reaction to the murder of two- year-old Jamie Bulger in 1993, he calls for the government not to play politics with the crisis and mounts an impassioned defence of Labour's legacy after 13 years in power.

Writing in the Observer, in his first public verdict on the riots, Blair says: "In 1993, following the Bulger case, I made a case in very similar terms to the one being heard today about moral breakdown in Britain. I now believe that speech was good politics but bad policy. Focus on the specific problem and we can begin on a proper solution.

"Elevate this into a highfalutin wail about a Britain that has lost its way morally and we will depress ourselves unnecessarily, trash our own reputation abroad, and worst of all, miss the chance to deal with the problem in the only way that will work."

During a speech on Monday, David Cameron said that he was determined to tackle a "slow-motion moral collapse" in Britain and mend the country's "broken society". He attacked the influence of human rights legislation and claimed that some of the worst aspects of human nature had been "tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally demoralised".

But in a rare intervention into British politics since he left Downing Street, Blair defends the society Labour helped to build and says he believes this generation is more respectable, responsible and hard-working than his own.

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Blair, who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007, says that neither social deprivation nor a lack of personal responsibility is at the root of the problem. Instead, he says, Britain, like "virtually all" developed nations, needs to deal with a group of people who are beyond the pale.

"The big cause is the group of alienated, disaffected youth who are outside the social mainstream and who live in a culture at odds with any canons of proper behaviour. And here's where I simply don't agree with much of the commentary. In my experience they are an absolutely specific problem that requires a deeply specific solution.

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He adds: "This is a hard thing to say, and I am of course aware that this too is generalisation. But the truth is that many of these people are from families that are profoundly dysfunctional, operating on completely different terms from the rest of society, either middle class or poor.

"This is a phenomenon of the late 20th century. You find it in virtually every developed nation. Breaking it down isn't about general policy or traditional programmes of investment or treatment."

To be honest he needs to be right because if they aren't they'll never pay off the debt his generation run up...

Yes the investment bankers operating on a totally different wave length to everyone else, a parasitic mentality with a huge sense of entitlement that has destroyed society. :ph34r:

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Mr Blair should stick the new Ex-Nazi Pope up his bottom! ;)

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To be fair Blair does know a great deal about amoral and corrupt behaviour - you don't get to be a millionaire banker stooge without breaking a few moral rules along the way.

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To be fair Blair does know a great deal about amoral and corrupt behaviour - you don't get to be a millionaire banker stooge without breaking a few moral rules along the way.

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What a repulsive little trougher.

And even out of power, still dedicated to turn the UK into a country of shoeshine boys and oligarchs. Shouldn't people like that be sent to the Tower?

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Hasn't that mendacious kunt topped himself yet?

Perhaps Lady McBlair can give him some assistance?

What, will these hands ne'er be clean?

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