Not content with being wrong about American politics, the New York Times prints a simpering and meretricious op-ed about British politics. It's all about budget cutting, you see. The people doing the rioting have one thing in common:
All are victims of what people in Britain call “the cuts” — the government’s defunding of civil-society institutions in order to balance the nation’s books. Before the riots, the government had planned to cut 16,200 police officers across the country. In London, austerity means that there will be about 19 percent less to spend next year on government programs, and the burden will fall particularly on the poor.
And then, of course, of course, the inevitable: it's the Tea Party's fault:
The American right today is obsessed with cutting government spending. In many ways, Mr. Cameron’s austerity program is the Tea Party’s dream come true. But Britain is now grappling with the consequences of those cuts, which have led to the neglect and exclusion of many vulnerable, disaffected young people who are acting out violently and irresponsibly — driven by rage rather than an explicit political agenda.
Nonsense, cries James Delingpole in the Telegraph -- and if there's some way to get this brilliant, no-quarter-given writer to join our ranks here on Ricochet, I promise to move heaven and earth -- he is fantastic -- and he proceeds to demonstrate why I'm glad he's on our side:
I surely can’t be the only Londoner for whom it sticks, ever so slightly, in the craw to be told by a Chicago-born professor of sociology and his Dutch sociologist wife in the New York Times is that the riots are kind of our fault because Britain has become such a hotbed of Tea Party values.
And about those cuts from David Cameron's government? They don't exist. They're like the "cuts" in government we get over here:
I’d love to know where American liberals get their misinformation. (The NYT’s resident faux-conservative David L Brooks labours under similar misapprehensions about the Cameron administration). Certainly they would have more of a convincing case if these “cuts” of which they speak actually existed. But as Fraser Nelson has pointed out, they don’t.
We are, of course, going to see plenty more such attempts by the left to pin the blame for riots on social deprivation, Tory cuts and all the progressives’ other favourite culprits...
Our job is to make sure they don’t get away with it, and, most importantly, to make sure that the Government doesn’t let them get away with it. For all of its existence, Cameron’s Coalition has behaved as if it’s far more interested in what the BBC and the Guardian thinks than in what real people outside metropolitan bien-pensant tofu-eating circles think.
This can’t go on. Our world is on the edge of a precipice. The last thing we need right now is to let the very media institutions which helped bring us to this pass – that means YOU, Guardian, BBC, New York Times, etc – drag us over the cliff with their irrelevant values, falling audiences and failed, suicidal ideologies.
Why has it taken me so long to discover James Delingpole?