Cameron’s claim that the riots were caused by “criminality, pure and simple” is the biggest abandonment of responsibility of all. And another giant flight from reason.
Kelvin McKenzie put this into practice on Newsnight this week by demanding that we shouldn’t even try to explain or understand the riots, merely punish punish punish!
Another foretaste came from David Davies MP/Special PC, who represents the NuAngry Brigade faction, and who screamed at a BBC camera team: ‘I blame anyone who has ever criticised the police for kettling, or ‘brutality’.. !”
To explain and understand terrorism is now to excuse the terrorist. To criticise authority is now a suspect act. Thought is now an act of treachery. So are we allowed to understand Kelvin McKenzie, or would that be to excuse him? The language has taken such a pounding, it’s unlikely to ever fully recover.