From the Royal Wedding to Riots, A Swift Downturn for the UK

Friday, August 12, 2011

In April, the climate in the United Kingdom was jubilant, as Prince William and Kate Middleton wed at Westminster Abbey. Afterward, one million people lined the route from Westminster to Buckingham Palace, and citizens threw parties and rejoiced in the streets. Four months later, the atmosphere across the pond is the complete opposite of celebratory, as riots and civil unrest spread and violence continues.

Paddy O'Connell, presenter of Broadcasting House on BBC radio, speaks with us about the stark change in mood in the U.K. over the past four months. He talks about how the royal wedding and the riots are somehow part of the same culture.

Guests:

Paddy O'Connell

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [2]

listener

Along with the "greed of the bankers" does the Beeb or their American counterparts wish to opine on the contribution left-wing politics played in ennobling and justifying this violent behavior in the confused minds of the rioters?

These marauders were carefully taught they are owed something by "corporations" who run shops who are no doubt "holding on to their money" rather than hire those who are about to torch their family business.
Where do these young people get the corrupting ideas of class warfare, government dependency and the entitlement mentality from I wonder?

Aug. 12 2011 09:03 AM
Marianne from Queens, NY

I disagree that it's the royals and then everyone else. They are perhaps at the pinnacle, but more importantly it's the bankers and hedgefund managers and other corporate types who are raking in bonuses and large salaries and the rest of us whose salaries have remained stagnant. I agree that the idea that a meritocracy is developing who refer to young, disaffected, angry people "as greedy, without values."
How can Cameron look at himself in the mirror and say such things?

Aug. 12 2011 08:33 AM

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