Well-meaning but fatuous fools such as Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett writing in the Guardian this morning remain fixated on a mythical 'inequality' as the cause of last year's riots; at a time when we are celebrating inequality, when inequality has put the UK third in the Olympic medals table, they remain unable to accept that one man or woman may be able to run faster, play tennis better or cast P&L accounts more accurately than another. OK, accountancy is not an Olympic event but you take my point. The fact that our athletes have managed to overcome decades of socialist imposed 'equality' under which no child was allowed to win a race in case it upset the others, in which the talented were handicapped and restrained so not to expose the talentless and indolent, speaks volumes about the triumph of the natural human instinct to compete and excel.
If last Summer's riots were caused by anything other than avarice and opportunism, it was the legacy of decades of socialist social engineering that destroyed local and intermediate institutions in favour of a central State, destroyed the inherent authority of the family, undermined all the virtues in favour of a corrosive moral relativism, promoted instant gratification and created in the talentless, the indolent, the stupid and the feckless the illusion that they were entitled to the same material rewards as their opposites. The riots were caused, in other words, by exactly the sort of well-meaning stupidity evinced by Wilkinson and Pickett.