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Speaking to an audience at the Palace of Westminster on policing in the 21st Century, Baroness James of Holland Park (better known as the crime novelist P D James) said that Britons are increasingly living in segregated ghettoes and bedevilled by political correctness. Society, as she sees it, has become fractured beyond belief with a strong commitment to the immanent community yet with little for those beyond it. She also adds that, “mutual respect and understanding and recognition of our common humanity cannot be nurtured in isolation.”

The UK’s 21st Century society is one that has been largely moulded by government, all the more so in urban areas. The idea of community has been taken from us by successive governments who, convinced that they “know best”, have transferred power from the proverbial coalface to their own towers in the sky. Government weapons such as political correctness and multiculturalism have reduced ‘communities’ to small pockets of familiarity. Man has a predilection to comfort and trust though immediate relationships, which cannot be replaced by central government and the dictats of multiculturalism. It has to evolve through the interactions of those on the ground. Once this ever-changing and adapting civil society has been supplanted by the state, people retreat into atomised safety. We are now seeing across Britain with the breakdown of society.

The ties that once bound are now in Whitehall, as the government is attempting, through language and education, to take control of every aspect of our lives. As Baroness James stated, political correctness is “a pernicious if risible authoritarian attempt at linguistic and social control”. The government backs this further with legislation that criminalises us all and silently celebrates the death of community and the atomisation of society. They seek for us all to be reliant upon them.