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England's Riots Shouldn't Be Blamed On 'Moral Decline', Says Tony Blair
22nd August 2011
Daniel Boffey and Toby Helm | The Observer
Tony Blair has launched a fierce attack on widespread claims that this summer's riots showed that British society is in "moral decline". The former prime minister warns that rash talk of a broken society threatens to harm the country's reputation abroad.
Writing in the Observer, in his first public verdict on the riots, Blair says: "In 1993, following the Bulger case, I made a case in very similar terms to the one being heard today about moral breakdown in Britain. I now believe that speech was good politics but bad policy. Focus on the specific problem and we can begin on a proper solution.
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