Does excessive use of alcohol lead to sluttish behaviour? You be the judge!
You have now broached an area where we in the UK are right up there in the top echelons of bad and sluttish behaviour – truly world class.
Alcohol of itself does not, of course, cause sluttish behaviour.
A strong inherent tendency to such behaviour, which is largely confined, but by no means exclusive to, to the lower/middle socio-economic groups is entrenched in the psyche and ready to erupt on the slightest pretext.
Add to that the availability of cheap alcohol, near nudity and the desire of all those concerned to ‘out-excess’ each other and you have the perfect storm.
There is also the added bonus of MSM notoriety, sometimes seen as a badge of honour, and the subsequent indignation over police over-reaction and brutality and you have all the ingredients of the perfect night out.
You do not however have to arrange your schedule to witness these scenes every New Year’s Eve – events such as this are a regular feature in most UK towns and cities every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The focus in Brighton is at West Street which is just two blocks east of the Metropole where you stayed last summer.
I have lots of observations on all this disgraceful performance but the two stand out.
The first is ‘What’s all this about recession?’
The second involves the reaction of the ordinary guy.
You may recall that the Vicar who sat by you at the wedding had a son flying combat sorties in Afghanistan and another in the Army who narrowly missed the Iraq escapade.
On one occasion they were both on leave together and went out for a drink one night and saw some of the somewhat lesser bad behaviour before it developed into the usual full-frontal.
They did not, of course, wear uniform for fear of being mocked spat at or worse.
After a short while they left for home asking each other what on earth they and their mates were risking their lives for!
So not only are these excesses out and out disgraceful but it washes back to the ordinary guy and and begins to undermine the resolve of good people if it is allowed to continue unchecked.
BTW no need to worry if you really go over the top and get injured or come close to death with alcoholic poisoning, just get your mate to call an ambulance for immediate transfer to hospital for instant emergency treatment – all free on the NHS.
Am I in Fairyland here?
I guess I just got lucky by avoiding West Street after dark. Interesting how a charming area during the day can become a Sodom/Gomorrah at night.
We see this type of behavior in the US also, but largely confined to the larger cities, principally; LA, NY, Miami, Chi. etc. Note all the fires going on in LA as we speak.
Your comment that it is largely confined to the lower socio-economic classes rings all too true. I see and feel the desperation, despair and resignation in this class on a nearly daily basis.
I might add that the despair, resignation I see in members of this class in England is palpable. This is not to say we don’t have it in the US because we certainly do but I always feel it acutely when in London. It is my belief it stems from two things; the excessive taxation in the UK and the stratified nature of the UK public education system.
Liberals of all stripes, Mao’Bama, Brown, Blair et al are masters at manipulating this class. Mao’Bama demagogued them through out the 2008 campaign with his “hope and change” malarkey.
The Socialist left has spent the last hundred years destroying the cultural structure of both our societies and all it takes is a good prolonged recession to push these people to the point of desperation. As the Daily Mail pictures clearly demonstrate women are particularly vulnerable to this type of behaviour.
A society stripped of the cultural/gender norms that order the proper roles of the genders tends to intensify during tough economic times. Both of our economies have had up’s and down’s of the century’s yet it is a fairly recent development that women have behaved so badly. Why is it so different now? Couple a society eviscerated of it’s norms with bad economic times and this is the result.
The statist left has known for long that to bring a society to it’s knees you must destroy every vestige of it’s culture; the church, gender norms, education and behaviour in general. They have worked on this for the past hundred years and we are now seeing it play out across both our countries.
Your point about alcohol per se not being the problem is well taken. Alcohol has been around since the beginning of time and has not led to this general breakdown in society. We needed the political class to step in and do that.
Their promises of a just, fair and equitable society has produced anything but that. Instead we have a society that stymies the productive class with punitive tax rates to subsidize the lower classes indolence so this compliant group will vote for Peter who is giving them Paul’s money.
They treat the lower class as chattel who are given just enough to keep them wanting more but in so doing they rob them of dignity, opportunity and the chance to ever
improve their lots in life. They in turn sense the futility of their situation but are without the means, both intellectually and morally, to right their ships. Is it any wonder they turn to violence the likes of which we have rarely seen coupled with profligate immorality.
The best discussion of this phenomenon I have ever read is in a sparse little book titled “The Ruling Class”–really an essay– just 87 pages long written by Dr. Angelo Codevilla, professor of International Relations at Boston University.
Rush Limbaugh practically read the whole thing on air and wrote the forward to the published version.
Codevilla divides the country and subject of his essay into two groups: The Ruling Class and The Country Class. A very simple, but I believe correct assessment of our societies. The Ruling Class by and large is government and the Country Class is the totality of the remainder.
Here is his concluding paragraph.
“In this clash, the Ruling Class holds most of the cards: it holds strong defensive positions and is well represented by the Democratic Party. Because it has established itself as the fount of authority, it’s primacy is based on habits of deference. Breaking them, establishing other founts of authority and other ways of doing things, would involve far more than electoral politics………”
He goes on from there to present a small glimmer of hope that the Ruling classes days may in fact be numbered but the preceding 86 pages make one wonder if this cancer can ever be removed.