There won’t always be an England

How did England so rapidly plummet from the world’s top dog to a nation that has no pride, no sense of its own history (except to be abjectly embarrassed by that history), and no sense of self-preservation. The latter appears in matters large, as in its inability to confront its increasingly visible Fifth Column, and small, as in the fact that the nation is drinking itself to death:

Drink-related hospital admissions in England have reached record levels, NHS statistics show.

Hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease more than doubled in a decade, reaching 35,400 in 2004/5. Alcoholic liver disease deaths increased by 37%.

Admissions for alcoholic poisoning increased to 21,700 from 13,600 over the same 10-year period.

The Information Centre report also highlights England’s binge and underage drinking problem.

Nearly one in four secondary school children aged 11-15 reported that they had drunk alcohol in the past week when surveyed in 2005.

The average amount of alcohol consumed by this age group doubled between 1990 and 2000 and currently remains at 10.4 units (or about 10 small glasses of wine or five pints of beer) per week.

Young adults are the most likely to binge drink – a third of men and a quarter of women aged 16-24 said they had drunk more than double the recommended number of units on one day of the previous week, typically Saturday, when surveyed in 2004.

I should say that this absolutely debauched British approach to alcohol really isn’t that new.  England was also awash in alcohol at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries.  When, in the early 19th Century, the British turned to the high morality with associate with the Victorian era and, in increasing numbers, to Evangelical Christianity, these trends were partyly a response to the damage wrought by the Brits’ uncontrolled alcoholic excesses.  (America’s prohibition experiment was also a response to out-of-control drinking.)  I suspect that on this go-round, waiting in the wings for those British who can no longer take the damage the alcohol wreaks on their society, will be Islam, complete with its long-standing prohibition against alcohol.

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  1. says

    I think it is a symptom of the problem. You know, classical liberals once believed in something called “virtue” and virtue was based upon moderation rather than extremism. You know, classical liberals like Aristotle and Victor DH.

    The British in seeking the virtue of national unity after WWII, gave too much power to the Socialists. It is after all, the reason why Churchill resigned, he was not going to give the people what they wanted, and the people wanted a socialist government that could recreate the national unity of war during peace.

    They gave over their freedom. The reason why Europe accuses us so hotly of giving up our freedoms during this war, is because they already know (deep in the recesses of their guilt ridden heart) that they themselves have already done so and regret it in no small portion.

    Should you listen to them, embittered by the mistakes of their fathers and mothers? I recommend not.

    Germans are more ashamed of their history than Britain. Britain still has parties over WWII. Everyone likes a victory, everyone likes winning a war, and nobody likes losing.

    The British know. They KNOW. A mad person at least has the mercy of not realizing he has gone mad, he at least has the mercy of not realizing that he has no control over his own mind anymore. The British know, in their heart of hearts. They know what they have become. And it is a crueler punishment than any the United States could have issued.

    English soccer fanaticism is a trait of that. They have nothing else, no virtues or higher callings, that they could pour their passions into. Americans have Truth, Justice for all, and the American Way.

    What do the British have? No Empire. No Economic Suzerainity over Hong Kong. Plagued by self-doubt and moral relativism, cultural relativism, gay marriage, terrorism, Islamic phobias, and so forth.

    The Brits aren’t Americans. I don’t know how to solve their problems, I admit honestly that I have no freaking clue how Britain can become Great once more. I read Mellanie Phillips because she is British, she knows her local politics. I live in America, I know American local politics. I have no solutions for Japan or Germany or Britains, but ain’t it quaint that the Germans and the British always have solutions for us?

  2. says

    This is a taste of grim humour, which I like.

    Germany is like the guy who comes onto a murder scene, in front of the victim with 10 stab wounds, and pushing everyone away while assuming a mantle of superiority and a moral high ground. The reason why he says he knows what he is doing? He went to a Holliday Inn, in America.

    I can recognize Europe’s problems, but that doesn’t mean just because I know that someone with 10 stab wounds is going to bleed to death, that I know how to help him. I’m not going to raise up a mantle of superiority and say “I, I am the master of curing wounds, get out of my way”.

    If you don’t know what I’m refering to with the Germans, google davids medienkritik

  3. Joe says

    As a somewhat frequent visitor to England, I agree with Feringi.

    There is a powerful and deep strength in that country.

    But if you want to really drive yourself crazy Bookworm, you might read Theodore Dalrymple’s “Life at The Bottom”. Great book, but scary. Yikes!

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