The elusive quality of heroism rears its head in the Nanny State

In today’s Britain, when something bad happens, all people of good will are trained to stand by.  They watch and hope that the omnipresent CCTV will alert the authorities that someone needs help.  Indeed, they’re so well-trained that, sometimes, even the authorities stand aside in order to take a break or follow department rules.  That’s why it’s rather surprising to read about a 14-year-old boy who threw himself into a wild fight in order to help four security guards who were being assaulted by thugs (emphasis mine):

A teenager in his school uniform dived in to stop a fight which saw four security guards punched, kicked, head-butted and bitten.

Have-a-go-hero Jack Slater, 14,  did not spare a thought for his own safety until after he saved the security man from four attackers.

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Dozens of adults gathered to watch the  spectacle, but only Jack jumped in to help.

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Jack, who saw one of the four guards pinned to the ground, jumped onto the back of the assailant and pulled him away.

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The teenager, from Maidstone, Kent, said today: ‘The security guards were getting flung around a bit and one of them looked like he was getting overcome.

‘I ran over and grabbed the shoulders of the person he was struggling with and pulled him away.

‘I’ve never done anything like this before and it was only afterwards I thought, “I could’ve been hurt there”.

‘My friend tried to stop me and said I was stupid for getting involved but it was a spur of the moment thing.’

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His mother Michelle Slater, 42, said: ‘I told him off at the time for getting involved, but I’m very proud of him.

‘He won’t do anything like that again, hopefully.’

The salient points in that story are as follows:  British grown-ups, trained by the state into passivity, watched hooligans attack innocent people.  A young boy, whose state training clearly hadn’t taken hold (although it had taken hold in his peers), would not stand idly by but, instead, immediately helped, at no small risk to himself.  His mother was angry at him for taking the risk.

Wow.  Just wow.  That’s what the mighty British empire has dwindled to:  a single young boy who still has fire in his belly and courage in his heart.

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  • Mosonny

    Today is Winston Churchill’s birthday.  Worth reading is Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson, about a small group of Brits, including nobles and notables, that wanted to heed Churchill’s warnings against the Nazis, while most of England was gaga over the appeasement of Hitler by Neville Chamberlain. 

    Maybe this young man will grow into another Churchill or Thatcher, because England certainly needs a leadership with backbone…though it may be too late..and I fear we’re going down the same path and will get to the place where we cannot turn it around (which is antithetical to your optimistic viewpoint yesterday).  Kudos to Jack Slater and here’s to hope his mother doesn’t change him for the worse and make him into a typical slack-jawed passive observer in the future.
    I am heartened by one thing.  Huge numbers of Americans have exercised their 2nd Amendment rights and bought firearms.  No, I’m not advocating for any kind of violence, quite the opposite, but I’m glad to see that there are still many here who would defend their own and still care about freedom.  That and such things as the Chic-Fil-A day…maybe there are still enough that can take back the country from those who would take it down from within.  So…maybe, Book, and I sincerely hope so, you are right about the optimism. 

  • lethargic

    The queen should disown her whole family and adopt this boy as heir.

  • JKB

    We should wait a bit.  Odds are, given he was in his school uniform, he will be expelled for such behavior.  Hopefully, he will wear such expulsion as a badge of honor.

  • Michael Adams

    We need to follow that  boy and, in four years, if present trends continue, offer him a ticket and a visa.  He’s needed here, and not appreciated there.

  • Caped Crusader
  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Mosonny…”Troublesome Young Men” is indeed an interesting book. Two of the anti-appeasers profiled were actually women: Violet Bonham Carter, who I knew of as a Churchill friend & biographer but who was also a significant anti-appeasement leader in her own right, and Katherine Duchess of Atholla talented pianist and composer and for a while a member of Parliament (though she had opposed the sufferagette movement)…she translated to FULL version of “Mein Kampf” from German to English (the version that had been officially published was highly edited) and gave it to Churchill, along with data on German rearmament, and did all she could to alert to public to the dangers of Naziism and Italian and Spanish Fascism. After the war, she campaigned against Soviet expansionism, giving the lie to the title “The Red Duchess” which had been bestowed on her as a result of her support for the Spanish Republicans.