I once read that some Roman senator had claimed, that one could chart the decline of a civilization based on the degree to which the state depended on taxing vice for its revenues. I tend to agree with that. Now that statement may or may not be truly from a Roman senator. I read it in an age when information was a rare and precious thing and very hard to confirm.
But I do think that one can chart the decline of the British society by Osman warnings.
For those who do not know, an ‘Osman warning’ is an official notice that the police are impotent to defend someone against a palpable threat to their safety or life, and that the police, by officially notifying you that they are aware of this threat, and now so are you, are no longer responsible for your safety, while at the same time, explaining to you that any attempt you might make to defend yourself would likely be illegal and you are not exempt from the laws in terms of whatever it is you might feel you need to do since the police cannot and will-not.
Clearly a potent totem of the decline of civilization in that state.
‘People who hate you because you do not agree with them, or you wish to stop them from destroying your people and history, might kill you. We can’t stop it or won’t and you can’t do anything about it or we will arrest you’
How can anyone living in such a state have any confidence in its officials whatsoever. Add to that the staggering cost of supporting the biggest bureaucracy in the free world and one can start the clock till the end of England. Depending on how you define England of course. For me, it has already ended.