Nice to the nasty and nasty to the nice

The emasculated British police

England, writes Dalrymple, has rapidly descended

from being one of the best ordered societies in the western world to being among the worst.

He notes that in A Brief History of Crime, Peter Hitchens places the blame

firmly where it belongs, on a supine and pusillanimous political establishment that, for four decades at least, has constantly retreated before the verbal onslaught of liberal intellectuals whose weapons have been mockery allied to sentimental guilt about their prosperous and comfortable lives, and whose aim has been to liberate themselves from personally irksome moral constraints, without regard to the consequences for those less favourably placed in society than themselves.

It was, Dalrymple points out, the intellectual élite which demanded

that the law’s teeth be drawn, that perpetrators be treated as the victims of their own behaviour.

Why, he asks, has the British political establishment proved so craven over the years? It has, he suggests, something to do

with the loss of empire and world power — what the Chinese call the loss of the Mandate of Heaven.

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