Revenge of the Neets

BEHIND BRITAIN’S RIOTS

As I watched the rioting in London last month snowball from the suburbs to the center of the city and then beyond the capital, it was easy to be reminded of Margaret Thatcher’s famous dictum that there is no such thing as society—only families and individuals. When I ran for Parliament in Enfield North in 2005, much of the tenor of that campaign reflected the voters’ implicit attitude toward the Iron Lady’s succinct philosophy. (I lost.)

Enfield, one of the areas of London hardest-hit...

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Simon Radford, a one-time parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, is currently a Provost’s Fellow at the University of Southern California.