Fire over England - a culture of rootless individualism
Not since the Second World War have so many buildings been ablaze in so many cities across England. As the lawlessness spreads like a virus from hell, there is a sense of apocalypse; of the breakdown of society; of the collapse of civilisation.
It is the pre-eminent and primary function of government to protect its citizens, maintain law and order, and sustain the peace and security of the realm. It is time for Her Majesty's Government to act: truncheons and riot shields aren't quite cutting it. These riots are now costing lives. It is time to move to water cannon and plastic bullets, and to deploy the army (if any remaining regiments are available). No democratically-elected government wants to use the military against its own citizens, but the police are clearly overwhelmed and appear to be making arrests only when it safe to do so, rather than intervening to prevent the criminality, protect property, and save lives.
It is quite moving to read of Sikhs in Southall guarding their gurdwara, and of those three Muslims in Birmingham who died trying to protect their property and community. It is reported that some of those involved in the violence are as young as 10 or 11, and that it is principally being perpetrated by those in their late teens - early 20s. This is the price we pay for moral relativism. Parents and teachers can no longer instruct their children in the difference between right and wrong, and so there is no distinguishing between good and evil. If it feels right and good, do it: the moral course of action is what the individual determines. The truth is what you make it, for there is no universal view of morality; no absolute standard by which all may be judged. And so we must tolerate the beliefs and actions of others even when they impinge upon the rights and liberties of others.
Our politicians have spent decades dismantling the foundations of our moral order; fracturing and fragmenting the culture that made England cohesive and the United Kingdom coherent. They have created a culture of rootless individualism, for which we are now paying the price. May God forgive them.