August 15th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Cameron blames UK riots on 'moral collapse'

Prime Minister David Cameron blames the riots that shook Britain over the past 10 days on a "slow-motion moral collapse ... in parts of our country," he said Monday, as police arrested a new suspect linked with one of the deadliest incidents in the violence.

Cameron listed problems including "Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences. Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort. Crime without punishment. Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control," in a speech in his constituency in Oxfordshire.

And he promised that the government will "review every aspect of our work to mend our broken society" in the coming weeks.

Thousands of people have been arrested and processed through courts working around the clock since violence erupted over the killing of a man in London during a police operation.

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  1. sciihs1958

    why is the myth that the poor working class are taxed to support the Royal Family being perpetuated?

    The UK government has routinely stated that the royals pay out more than they receive from the taxpayer, and the majority of Britons agree with this according to polls that have been taken over the years. The USA pays more for the maintenance of the first and second families (federal and states) than Britons do for their royals.

    The royals are paid from a 'civil list' for the work that they do for the nation.The amount of money paid by the taxpayer is about 64 pence per person per year.

    Even the Queen pays taxes on her personal wealth. In 2003, The London Times "Rich List" puts her at rank #264, worth is £320m.

    So don't try that cr/\P that the downtrodden are taxed to support the royals and this is why the riots are happening.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    In truth, I think the Brits love the monarchy.
    That's always the impression my British friends have given me, in any case.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alecia

    Knock, knock on England's door. Open door. Its the rest of the World! World meet England, England meet World! It was bound to happen that the same generation across the globe would get really tired of everything and snap!

    August 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    The way I see lt is, for some reason a group of troublemakers just look for a reason, any reason to justify their violent streak. They say the reasons for the rioting was because of dissatifaction with the government. Did they try to take any action against the government itself ? No !! They went into their neighborhoods and destroyed their own areas, looted the businesses that they've frequented over the years. How could that be construed as any kind of statement against the government ? The same thing happened in the summer of '67 up in Detroit. This was because of a traffic stop. It got so bad that we actually had national gaurd tanks rolling down Warren ave., and troops being bivouaced in chandler park right behind where I lived. I'm sorry but it"s just a bunch of punks looking for any excuse to show their a$$es.

    Hello banasy

    August 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    The biggest moral collapse of all in Great Britain is in the London government with all these ignoble politicians pandering to the will of the right-wing thugs in Washington. David Cameron needs to look at himself and his henchmen before deciding who's moral and who's not!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pedro

    Us mexikins be berry berry funny. Make berry good Lo Mein noodles y crab rangoon. Berry Berry good.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FBMarky

    Sadly, poor people can't get the attention of politicians by handing them gobs of money. If you don't listen to the people, they'll get your attention by any means necessary. The longer you suck them dry, the more riots you'll see. Pay attention to us and stop lining your pockets with corporate blood money. We'll be here long after the corporations are all bankrupted. We promise.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
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