The UK is, and has been for a long, long time, a violent and rapacious state. However, we are taught by the billionaires and their political allies that we are the good guys. Narrative after narrative sets us up as moral crusaders battling two dimensional demons who usually speak funny and don't look like us. The fiends. If it's not out and out xenophobia or racism, it's the Machiavellian right to protect brigade, a subtler form of what is essentially the same thing.
We've been fed it for years in one form or another.
We shouldn't be surprised that as a result our society has issues.
We should, however, be very angry about it. And more importantly, we should direct that anger at the people and institutions who are actually responsible.
: Instantly prompting the fully expected 'How
: many more times? Send 'em all back' Twitter
: brigade into full hard-on action. Until it
: transpired that this was a van driven into a
: group of people leaving a mosque. At which
: point the tweets turned into 'Good, let's
: see how they like the shoe on the other
: foot...part and parcel of living in a big
: city, right Sadiq?'.
: What kind of ####ing world am I living in? I
: can't even.
: People celebrating the exact same behaviour
: they demonise. People celebrating the deaths
: of innocents because 'it's Muslims this
: time, innit?'.
: There's some ####ing horrible, nasty people
: out there. Where did we go so badly wrong?