My own little story earlier this month was as nothing to this, but was part of the same phenomenon. Blair's "respect" idea might make more sense if it were not that left-wing educational theories, as practised in Britain's State schools, are to blame.
A small minority of teenagers learn at school that they can abuse and even assault teachers without any comeback. They carry that "learning" out into the wider community, where they find that the police are no more inclined to deal with their behaviour. Is it any wonder that they are contemptuous of our decadence?
Meanwhile, Blair fiddles with ID cards while Rome burns.
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