Custom Search 1

Get rich quick culture hurting Brits, says MP

CASH CULTURE: Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott says consumerism is hurting Britons

A “GET rich or die trying” culture helped fuel recent riots and the banking crisis, an MP claims.

Writing in the Huffington Post, London MP Diane Abbott said: “There is an adrenaline-based get rich or die trying culture that was the fuel for both the banking crisis, and for some of the riots on our streets.”

The Hackney and Stoke Newington MP, who called for curfews as rioters looted and destroyed shops and vehicles in early August, also said Britain had failed many of its youngsters and urban communities. She said many people have been left without hope.


“Britain is failing to provide many of our most precious urban communities with meaningful occupations and hope for the future,” the Shadow Health Minister continued.

“For many people who were rioting, that week was a rejection of the future that was laid out for them.”

Drawing a comparison between the bankers and the recent riots, the parliamentary veteran wrote: “Bankers (who) dragged the economy into recession made the same misjudgments and miscalculations as those people who took to the streets to drag the country into despair.

“In many cases, both groups believed that they had found a short cut to wealth in the face of a rapidly changing economy. Tragically, both made the awful miscalculation that there would be no consequences.”

She added that rampant consumerism was hurting everyday Britons.

“It is mass consumerism and aspects of our media that has eroded and replaced many of the social structures that the communities grew out of – relentless advertising, MTV and instant messaging has often seemingly replaced family networks, educational commitments and community gatherings.”

The riots started on August 6 in an explosion of anger following the Metropolitan Police’s fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old man from Tottenham in north London.

Subscribe to The Voice database!

We'd like to keep in touch with you regarding our daily newsletter, Voice competitions, promotions and marketing material and to further increase our reach with The Voice readers.

If interested, please click the below button to complete the subscription form.

We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure.

For further details visit our privacy policy.

You have the right to withdraw at any time, by clicking 'Unsubscribe'.

Facebook Comments