Britain’s own ‘Lord of the Flies’

A Guest Post by AKUS

There must have been many watching the insanity in Britain last week who were suddenly reminded of William Golding’s 1954 novel, “Lord of the Flies”, later turned into an equally disturbing film. Forget 7/7 – this was Britain’s 9/11, and nothing will ever be the same again in Britain.

The premise of “Lord of the Flies” is that a group of boys marooned on a desert island during a nuclear war become brutal savages. Comfortably middle class, they rapidly lose their civilized state and become a mob that turns on one their own, Piggy. In a world long before Facebook, Twitter, or Blackberries, the boys find a conch shell which serves the same purpose of gathering the boys together.

Consider the murdered Piggy as an allegorical figure representing today’s British society, and the book is a prophetic vision of what happened in Britain last week. Given the setting of the novel, the one aspect Golding could not foresee was the way in which British adults joined what have been labeled “feral youths” in the looting and mayhem. The mask hiding the failed policies of the last decade or two has been ripped aside, revealing the some nasty truths about British society.

Those of us who have lived with terror in Israel could feel deep sympathy for the victims – the average citizens – of nights of terror in Britain. But as the riots played out in horrific comparison with the contemporaneous peaceful demonstrations for social equality in Israel there was also grim Schadenfreude directed at Britain as a society which has become the global center of organized anti-Israeli, and all too often, anti-Semitic, activity.

The looters were quickly labeled “scum”, “criminals”, “feral youths”, and so on. We saw street interviews with shocked Britains surveying the results of years of policies that, as Melanie Phillips so brilliantly summarized in her article Goodbye to the Enlightenment, were systematically put in place to destroy (“remake”, the perpetrators would claim) British society. The result she pointed to could be the premise for Golding’s book, with the societal collapse due, not to nuclear war, but deliberate removal of every norm that over millennia was found to make societies work:

… a society that embraces mass fatherlessness is a society that is going off the edge of a cliff. There are whole areas of Britain (white as well as black) where committed fathers are a wholly unknown phenomenon; ….

And the unutterably wicked thing is that this catastrophe has been deliberately willed upon Britain by left-wing politicians, well-heeled media feminists and other middle-class ideologues who wrap their utter contempt for the poor in the mantle of ‘progressive’ non-judgmentalism, witlessly prattling about poverty and social justice and hurling execrations at anyone who suggests that lone parenthood is in general a catastrophe for children (and a disaster for women) and that the state should stop subsidising family and social breakdown and start encouraging married parenthood instead.

(By the way, when it comes to fatherless families, the USA is trending in the same direction and for many of the same reasons).

Like Lords of the Flies on Golding’s Island, feral Guardianistas went on a verbal rampage to justify the destructive philosophies they espouse. The commentary ranged from the absurd to the ridiculous. The pickings are too rich to list them all here, but three columnists stood out more than most.

Following Phillips article, Jane Clare Jones, (“a doctoral student in philosophy, specialising in feminist ethics “– who knew that ethics had genders?) dodged the real issues and instead attacked Melanie Phillips and a conservative columnist, Peter Hitchens , for good measure, for “laying the responsibility for violence perpetrated mostly by young men at the door of women”. We are to believe that Phillips was blaming the issue of fatherlessness (more of a solution, apparently, in Clare Jones’ view, than a problem) on the mothers rather than the often unknown fathers, which is simply not true.

Phillips, according to Clare Jones, is a threat to the very concept of feminism, at the heart of which, we are apparently to understand, lies the single mother.  Clare Jones, indeed a “well-healed media feminist”, typifies the very destructive lunacy that Phillips protests, and the people responsible for the destruction of a society that once gave the world so much.

There was the Egyptian Mona Eltahaway, one of the Guardian’s most vicious critics of Israel, who fatuously compared Cameron to Mubarak.  Yes indeed – what is next for Britain?  Will Cameron’s secret police reopen the torture chambers in the Tower and imprison the Moslem Brotherhood? Verbal hysteria has rarely reached this level.

So we might truly understand the dialectical underpinnings of the riots, the Guardian’s resident Bolshevik, Seamus Milne, was called in to interpret the riots as a grand “Failure of Capitalism in Britain”.

Of course, the riots represent the failures of multiculturalism and the welfare state – the antithesis, one might justifiably claim, of “Capitalism Run Wild”. CiFWatch  already noted readers’ unprecedented opposition to Seamus Milne’s lunatic article. His article drew the most vehement response we have seen on CiF – currently 2,548 readers believe that Milne simply does not “get it”.

The Guardian’s responses to the riots reveal once more, if proof were needed, that there is something seriously wrong with the way Guardianistas, and not a few Britains, view the world and their society.  With respect to the Guardian, this is most evident in its constant attacks on Israel. The Guardian even makes a point of running articles written for it by spokesmen of the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah whose ethos is one of murder, misogyny, intolerant religious fanaticism and terrorism aimed at the destruction of Israel. They have clearly stated their desire to bring about a second Holocaust. I imagine the Guardian would indignantly claim that it does not support that ethos and the actions it leads to. But, in fact, by its editorial policies and actions, it does.

The Guardian supports anyone and any group dedicated to the destruction of Israel, the only country in the Middle East that comes close to actually living the values, in many cases, of a liberal society that supposedly the Guardianistas hope to achieve in Britain. If the argument is one of opposition to Israel’s use of  military force to protect itself, or the occupation of the disputed territories, how hypocritical does that sound when Britain is involved, for example,  bombing civilians in Tripoli day and night when it has done nothing since the Lockerbie bombing to attack Britain? If Israel responded to every terrorist attack the way Britain has operated in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, Gaza and the Palestinian areas of the West Bank would be empty wastelands.

Many noted that the riots drew attention to a previously acceptable event that illustrates the sickness at the heart of the attacks on Israel. One of the cheerleaders at a recent Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) conference was Jody McIntyre, now dropped like a hot potato by several newspapers that previously thought it rather fun to run his nasty anti-establishment blog. When he shrieked: “we [must] set the streets of London alight”  at the PSC conference he was loudly applauded. A little later the mob actually set London alight. Hopefully McIntyre will now recede into the obscurity from whence he came 

It was fun when it was politically correct to aim the taunts, protests and violence and calls at Israel. However, when the call to destroy London was aimed not as a backhanded protest at Israel, or Britain’s imagined support for Israel, but at Britain itself, this did not sit well with the great British public.

 The questions I would have for the papers that have dropped McIntyre’s blog, for those supporting the PSC’s 300 member groups, and especially for the Guardian, are:

“Is the obsession with every problem Israel faces not a symptom of the rot in your own society? Which society breeds the Lords of the Flies, and which creates a vibrant, society, sustaining itself in the face of real threats that supports al l that liberals and the Left should stand for? Will you realize in time that the invective, harassment, and violence aimed at the democratic, liberal, ethnically diverse yet strongly cohesive state of Israel (and at British Jews) will, inevitably, rebound onto your own society?” 

The riots gave a clear answer, in my opinion, and after the riots, nothing will ever be the same in Britain. Which way it goes remains to be seen.

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  1. Nice article AKUS. Not easy to articulate gut feelings onto ‘paper’.

    I think that it has probably been one of the worst weeks that the Guardian can remember. The extreme left strategy of planting various seeds in UK society to cause rupture and mayhem suddenly flared into the consciousness of UK citizens with the pictures of ‘feral youths’ breaking down doors and shop windows with the ‘castrated’ police standing by watching.

    Change is on the way.

    As I click, CiF has post after post finding excuses for these feral youth all pointing at ‘class differences’, deprived youth, neglected youth, ‘outcasts’ from society and what not. At no point do the posts dwell on ‘police castration’ and ‘teacher castration’ spearheaded by the Guardian and its attendant CiFallists and other extreme anarchist leftists.

    The Guardian’s pigeons are coming home to roost..

    • JM…….. the Guardians pigeons are coming back to shit on the Guardians heads…

      It’s farcical for someone like Rustbridger who takes home almost half a million pounds,and employs his own daughter in a high position in the guardian,to talk about class differences,deprived youth,and the rest of the BS that was mentioned……..

          • Ah, no you don’t benorr. There are still many in the UK who disagree profoundly for example with the government’s take on the increasing islamisation of our society – enough to make governments nervous that they will lose elections if they play up too much to Muslim demands.

            I do agree with you, however, about what seems to me to be the wilful blindness of governments to the danger of ignoring discontent (and OK, that’s a mild descriptor) and yes, they have a lot to learn.

          • This Jody McIntyre should be indicted for inciting to riot and burn down the streets of London…..There already were two men that were jailed for 4 years for using Facebook to incite rioting…..This Jody McIntyre should be brought to the attention of the police….

            • I seem to remember that he has been.

              Of course the multi-culti police, hands effectively tied by misplaced political correctness, may well not be able to do anything about it, unless he can be sent to a prison with disability facilities, which isn’t very likely.

              No, they should electronically tag his wheelchair and him (he can walk, he climbed four flights of stairs during the student demonstrations) and impose an indefinite curfew on him, after having taken away his

    • The extreme left strategy of planting various seeds in UK society to cause rupture and mayhem … ‘police castration’ and ‘teacher castration’ spearheaded by the Guardian

      Christ alive, do you actually believe this delusionsal nonsense?

  2. This is just a load of right-wing bullshit that has nowt to do with any alleged anti-Semitic or anti-Israel agenda at the Guardian.

    this catastrophe has been deliberately willed upon Britain by left-wing politicians, well-heeled media feminists and other middle-class ideologues

    Classic Mad Mel!

    • Sez you, pretzelberg. You will make these grandiose pronouncements, won’t you, as if you speak for a vast majority when you are blethering for your own wee self.

      Myself, I think it’s an excellent article.

    • I enjoy giving The Guardian and its attendant CiFallists the kind of hype, comparison and exaggeration that is permitted to pro GWV commenters but denied anti GWV commenters on pain of ‘moderation’ Pretz.

      And I know that at least some of those commenters read CW occasionally.

        • It means that if you present views that are diametrically opposite to the GWV, eventually you will be ‘cancelled’. MAM was an excellent example of this. Never impolite and always commenting directly related to the post’s subject.

          Yet. He ‘is’ no more.

          Now look at St. Berchmans the Bountiful who has probably the record for comments moderated out. Yet he still ‘lives’.

    • Calling mad somebody who tells the truth says a lot not about Melanie Phillips but about yourself.

  3. Excellent article AKUS.

    Intelligent people should be very suspicious of unicausal explanations for anything, but in respect of the riots the Guardian plays to the choir which wants easy and acceptable (for them) answers, and so also does the British government.

    There’s also something for me about Israel, being very much in touch with reality as regards the external existential threat to her, tending not to deal in delusions by and large. Britain and the Guardian, on the other hand are readily constructing scapegoats for the existential unease they experience – my guess is that they experience it as free-floating anxiety (which the Guardian hangs the Zionist/American/capitalist/colonialist peg and the government on the feckless single parent family peg), that their actions and reactions in the face of the riots border on the delusional/wishful thinking because their perception of the drivers of the riots is not based in fact.

    The cause of this existential unease lies within themselves but they are incapable of apprehending that. Therefore however much they lambast social conditions for being the cause of the riots, there is something vital missing but they are so accustomed to reacting rather than reflecting before they react (because the reflection process may make them feel very uncomfortable), that they perpetuate the cycle of scape goating etc in the vain hope that this time the results will make them feel better.

    The spectacle of Cameron and other government and opposition members sitting in judgement on single mothers or others in straitened circumstances when all too recently MPs and others were caught with the equivalent of their fingers in the till, makes me sick. Let me be clear, I do not condone the mayhem and murder committed or the mothers, single or not, who try to excuse or ignore that behaviour or put the blame for it on society or schools or whatever.

    (And I hope that Jody McIntyre will recede, noisily or quietly, into a sentence for incitement to riot).

  4. Beautifully crafted piece.

    The UK is in a real pickle. These kids have no reason to respect anyone and the only place they find the discipline they crave is in gangs.

    Meanwhile PC Pold has come to mean Politically Correct Plod. Having to respect an endless stream of governent guidelines and terrified of yet more accusations of racism they have given up policing difficult areas and effectivey handed them over to the gangs.

    Meanwhile it is the residents who suffer. They want to see MORE police in their areas, not less. Nor can they take matters into their own hands to defend their property because they’ll be the ones spoken to, warned, even arrested.

    I pity the poor mothers up and down the land, living in terror of ther own kids and with no authority to turn to for help.

    • I read recently in a learned journal that parent abuse (abuse of parents by their children) is on the increase.

      One reason for this is that there is no consistent discipline so that the child has no enduring sense of what is permitted and what is not. When you get parents willing to ignore or condone anything for a quiet life, then you are really up against it.

      Bringing up children, even with a partner, is no picnic at times, and it is so much more difficult when one is a single mother or father, but if single parenthood leads to such a strong predisposition towards delinquent behaviour then how come so many children of single parents turn out so well?

      No, the blanket condemnation of single parenthood by the government and the employment of the situation in Britain to assist in false equivalences to the off-the-wall antics of Middle Eastern Arab leaders is facile in the case of the former and ridiculous as regards the latter.

      These youngsters are reared in a society which discourages reflection and the development of a coherent sense of self, and encourages meeting the overblown demands of the “I want it NOW” people within it. Children are not taught that frustration of their wishes is a natural part of life and it will not harm them to wait to possess something, however much they may want it immediately.

      To survive as a child in today’s Britain needs a level of emotional intelligence and resilience which comes naturally to those brought up in good enough environments where they are cared about and tuned in to. That costs absolutely nothing, and yet how many of the rioters and looters have ever had that consistently or even at all in their lives?

      • These youngsters are reared in a society which discourages reflection and the development of a coherent sense of self, and encourages meeting the overblown demands of the “I want it NOW” people within it.

        I’d agree with that. What distinguishes British society from the rest of Europe is the intense level of materialism. The riots cannot be blamed on only Labour or the Tories as such.

        • Excuse me? Did I say something offensive there? Hardly. But the cowardly morons vote down my post anyway. Ho hum!

      • Mitnaged, you always manage to put the day’s problem into perspective.

        My grandmother brought up seven children all by herself in a world where having a pair of shoes made one notable. Their children all learned that you get nothing for nothing and very little for a sixpence.

  5. Excellent article Akus. Lord of the Flies was a remarkably apt prediction of what happened recently in the UK. The savages show that the real values of living in an organised society have passed them by completely: excitement trumps structure.

    The media in the UK have refashioned the way people think. The picture they get of Israel, filled with lies and false values, is reflected in the views of cif btl comments. Odd judgements by the courts where householders are punished for defending their property against the depredations of criminals make my eyes pop.

    The criminals stole because society has offered them praise, encouragement & financial reward without effort by themselves and when their expectations didn’t go on being fulfilled they simply took what they’d been led they were entitled to, plus a bit to show the world that they can’t be pushed around.

    This is a society in danger.

  6. Who will save the UK from itself?

    The progressive appeasers of Islamofascism and selfishness are eating away at the foundation of British society.

    The UK is heading toward moral bankruptcy at an astonishing rate.

    According to Der Guardian:
    Good is Bad.
    Bad is Good.

    Der Guardian fiddles whilst London burns.

  7. The UK has been morally bankrupt since it bought in, mindlessly and without intelligence, to the PC shtick which meant that criminal behaviour had to be “understood” rather than punished, and it privileged over the indigenous population certain parties within ethnic minorities which have no intention of contributing to the common good and society in general and in effect deliberately set out to undermine it.

    Successive governments merely wanted to “look nice” rather than to grasp the nettle firmly, and they engaged in policy making which was short-termist. They lacked the foresight to envisage and prepare for long term outcomes and, worse, they themselves exhibited the behaviours they condemned.

    Instead of rooting out Islamism and other threats to democracy and improving the lot of ordinary people, they concentrated on feathering their own nests, and yet they have the gall to preach at others.

    They are indeed rearranging the deckchairs while the liner is sinking.

  8. pretzels, I pity fools like you who eat their heart out over the fact that the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2 nazi filth infested Europe.

    Appeasement didn’t work in WW2.

    It doesn’t work in the UK today either.

    • I “eat my heart out” that “the Israelis are not the unarmed Jews of WW2 nazi filth infested Europe”?

      Preposterous nonsense. Shame on you.