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Majoritatea comentatorilor noștri nu au putut rezista tentației de a vira discuția spre politică, dar dintr-o perspectivă culturală lucrurile nu sunt neapărat despre săraci vs. bogați, negri vs. albi, asistați vs. plătitori de impozite.

We have plenty of rules and plenty of laws like every other nation, but what has held British society together, given its relative stability and unique values, has been culture. It is clear that there is a growing section of young men and women who have been so socialised that this culture means nothing to them and this will have to be recognised. This is probably not something that policy can deal with; it cannot be ameliorated, it can only be confronted.

It does not mean that we cannot have civil governance, but it will increasingly have to be based on rules which are enforced, rather than on universally accepted norms of behaviour. Those norms were the best thing about British society and long after the burnt-out streets of Hackney and Croydon and Ealing have been rebuilt, their loss will be resonating with us still.

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