“Each time a violent crime occurs ‘we get a step further away from what it is to be civilised,’ David Cameron said yesterday. The Tory leader pointed to the recent killing of a young man at rush hour in Victoria station in London as an example of ‘broken Britain’ during a talk in south-east London. ‘There’s a danger that we as a society can slowly become almost immune to unbelievable events like this,’ he said. ‘Each time the shock is a little bit slighter, a little bit quicker to pass. And as our sensitivity gets coarsened, we get a step further away from what it is to be civilised. There has always been violence. There has always been evil. But there is something about the frequency and depravity of these crimes that betrays a fundamental problem in Britain today.’ Joining Mr Cameron was former EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella, whose brother Ben was stabbed to death in 2008. ‘This year, nine teenagers in this city alone have been murdered – and that is nine families going through the worst grief,’ she said.” (Metro, 28 April 2010, p.5. Some might point out that Britain was broken, or divided, by a Conservative government in the first place!).
Subsequent newspaper articles, notes and other items collected since abandoning my journals: 2005