So why has this happened? Well, there are many reasons and we can’t elaborate on all them here, but one thing we have to take seriously is the failure of the government.
- Firstly, there is an element of disenfranchisement of British youth, half of all 18 to 24 year-olds are not even registered to vote and just over a third believes that politics is a waste of time.
- Secondly, drugs and alcohol abuse is common, a staggering 25% of the UKs school age children have tried drugs, with 10% of them using drugs regularly with cocaine consumption rising to levels unheard of elsewhere in Europe. Younger people are more likely to drink heavily, with 48 per cent of men and 39 per cent of women aged 16-24 drinking above the daily recommendations. 
- Thirdly, violence and criminal activity has become somewhat of a social norm for British youth, young people think that the outlook for knife crime is bleak with 25% of people knowing someone who has been a victim of knife crime. The Youth Justice board has found that one in three young people carry a knife or gun and a crime is committed by a young person every two minutes. Almost 75 per cent of young offenders were reconvicted within two years, and 12.5% percent were reconvicted within 3 months.
- Fourthly, there is a lack of education. 30,000 young people leave school with no qualifications each year and a tenth of 16-year-olds left school in 2005 with poor literacy or numeracy skills. Official figures show that about 60,000 16-year-olds did not pass GCSE English or Maths, and one in 20, almost 32,000 teenagers, failed to gain a GCSE in both subjects.
- There are other issues facing British youth including homelessness and prostitution, at least 75,000 young people have experienced homelessness in the UK between 2006/7 and of the estimated 80,000 people involved in prostitution in the UK, up to 5,000 children may be involved at any one time, with a female to male ratio of four to one.
“Britain and the U.S. have more broken families than other countries, and our families are less cohesive in the way they live and eat together. British children are rougher with each other, and live more riskily in terms of alcohol, drugs and teenage pregnancy. And they are less inclined to stay in education. This comes against a background of much greater income inequality: many more children live in relative poverty in Britain and the U.S.”
- Firstly, individualism is the consideration that individual human beings are social atoms abstracted from their social contexts, attachments and obligations. This view of the human being is not based on reality, for instance there are dynamic links between society’s values and behavior, and it is not just individualistic, as social constructionist Vivien Burr concludes that key features – or values – of a specific society will affect an individual’s personality. She uses competition as an example, “For example in a capitalist society competition is fundamental; society is structured around individuals and organisation that compete with each other for jobs markets etc…so that where competition is a fundamental feature of social economic life, what you will get is competitive people.”
- Secondly, these liberal values which are based upon individualism are non-cohesive values, it is no wonder the Children’s Society report concluded that our social problems are due to “excessive individualism”
- Compassion: “What will explain to you what the steep path is? It is to free a slave, to feed at a time of hunger, an orphaned relative or a poor person in distress, and to be one of those who believe and urge one another to steadfastness and compassion.”
- Tolerance: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).”
- Justice: “O You who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for God alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, God is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, God is aware of what you do.”
- Distribution of wealth: “Feed the indigent, without wishing any return from them, not even a word of thanks.”