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Mark Steyn rips Russell Brand: ‘The guy is a fool’

Last week on his blog, British subject-turned-Hollywood celebrity Russell Brand took a few moments to opine on the recent London riots. In an Aug. 11 post, Brand blamed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for the civil unrest because the rioters have lost their “sense of community.”

“These young people … have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing,” Brand wrote.

That raised the ire of National Review columnist Mark Steyn, author of the new book “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.” On Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated radio show, Steyn said, “The guy is a fool.”

“As they [the rioters] started moving into the center and burning down closer to where all these celebrity lefties live, the mood began to turn. But the fact is these are people who — a fifth of British children are raised in homes where no one works. In other words, they are used to having their accommodations, their food, their drink, their drugs, their Xboxes, their iPods and other toys provided by the state.”

Ultimately, Steyn said, the rioters’ dependency on the state is to blame.

“The idea that a guy, that someone gets up in the morning and gets dressed and goes out the door and does not return until late afternoon when the day’s labors have been completed — that is an entirely alien ritual to these people and to anyone they know. It’s the exact opposite of what Russell Brand was saying. They have been taught by the big government welfare state that they’re absolved of the need to work. They’re absolved of the need for community. They’re absolved of the need for anything except for the kind of sensual self-gratification through their crummy, dreary little electronic toys.”

  • rrm

    Hey, dismiss Steyn, blame Thatcher, lets see how this turns out for you. I think I smell smoke!

  • Lindy350

    Steyn calls perfevt strikes always, The man is well nigh a genious for insight and ability to tell the story in the light of day. Love the guy!!

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  • Mike89

    It’s also largely Margaret Thatcher’s policy’s that have left alot of these kids grandparents and parents needing handouts when she employed the poll taxes. They’re not exactly living a great life in these houses that were handed to them.The only people who think Steyn “knocked this one out the park” are people who clearly have no clue about British politics over the last 20 or so years, but just hang on Steyn’s every word. Again do you not think it could be more to do with the clearly abusive backgrounds most of these kids come from, and the psychological effect it’s had on them, rather than just thinking they’re owed something?

    Steyn clearly picks a stationary target on this one…

  • Mike89

    It’s also largely Margaret Thatcher’s policy’s that have left alot of these kids grandparents and parents needing handouts when she employed the poll taxes. They’re not exactly living a great life in these houses that were handed to them.The only people who think Steyn “knocked this one out the park” are people who clearly have no clue about British politics over the last 20 or so years, but just hang on Steyn’s every word. Again do you not think it could be more to do with the clearly abusive backgrounds most of these kids come from, and the psychological effect it’s had on them, rather than just thinking they’re owed something?

    Steyn clearly picks a stationary target on this one…

  • Mike89

    Mark Steyn’s view is extremely simplistic also. Referring to the Margaret Thatcher effect, is talk of the closing of social clubs and playing fields across the country. It’s all well and good talking of the fact they had all these things handed to them, but where are they going when they’re out the house that’s handed to them? They’re on street corners with friends trying to intimidate. They’ve got skeletons in the closet, and there’s something wrong with their mindset if their idea of fun is burning down houses and buildings, and stealing things. That’s slightly insane, and dosen’t just come from kids thinking their owed something, that’s only one side of the coin Mr Steyn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Govett/100000633498801 David Govett

    Did you ever get the impression that people’s mouths work, but their ears don’t?

  • Pieceofgosa

    The families he talks about with great authority did not get to where they are because someone came along and offered them a handout.  They needed a handout when Thatcher dismantled the british manufacturing industry & left their parents & grandparents without jobs. They needed a handout when she levelled the criminally unfair poll tax upon the nation. They needed a handout because the conservative government decided that “the city” should generate the vast majority of britain’s tax income, well that worked out awesome huh? Anybody that thinks you can live a comfortable life on welfare has clearly never tried it. If all these benefit scroungers already have ipods, big-screen TV’s & Xbox’s, why did they feel the need to go out & steal a bunch of ‘em?  And anyway, call no man a fool Mr Steyn, call no man a fool.

  • Bill DeWolf

         Its true than that there is no happyness in socialism.”The inherent virtue of socialism is  the equal sharing of miseries” Sr Winston Churchill.

    Bill DeWolf