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The inadmissible

THE Americans have a theory, writes Dalrymple,

that to allow small crimes to go unremarked and unpunished is to invite bigger crimes.

Needless to say, Britons of intellectual disposition

despise this theory: first, because it is American; second, because it does not address the root of all crime — that is to say, the injustice of our present social and economic arrangements; and, third, because it is obviously true.