Thursday, 11 August 2011

Broken Britain Becomes Sick As Growth Forecast Falls To 1.4%

David Cameron said Britain has moved from 'Broken' to 'Sick' in a typical politicians sound-bite utterance in relation to the riots that had broken out all over London, as well as in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Medway, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Leicester, Gloucester, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich. (Link to Wikipedia entry on the riots)

Earlier in the day Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, had downgraded the UK growth forecast to 1.4%. In this, I personally believe that he is being very optimistic.

The economic circumstances of the UK is generally thought to be a contributory factor (if only a minor one) in the rioting earlier in the week. This is being made worse (if this is possible) by the government's austerity measures.

The initial police response to the rioting and looting was not particularly robust. This may have been due to some senior officers thinking "If we are going to suffer cuts in police numbers, lets show the government what this may look like in a public order situation", or it may have been that they did not think fast enough on their feet, or even fear of police officers being prosecuted if they went in too hard. If it was the first reason, then it has backfired as Dave is adamant the police cuts must go ahead.

If Britain is 'Sick', then I don't think David Cameron is the cure.

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