Things are galloping along in Tony Blair’s Cool Britannia: More diverse, caring and single – the new face of Britain. According to recent census data, the minority ethnic population rose 50% in the past 10 years or so, while in the last 20 years the proportion of married-couple households fell from 64% to 45%. Over the same period one-person households rose to 30% of the total and single-parent and cohabiting-couple households to 10% each. (The figure for cohabiting couples is from another article.)
So the “caring” in the title doesn’t have to do with social coherence or maintenance of ordinary human ties. Instead, it refers to the increasing number of people looking after someone who’s sick or disabled. That rise seems connected with an aging population: there are now more people over 65 in Britain than children under 16. All in all, it doesn’t look like the Brits have much of a future. I wonder why the Guardian didn’t spin it that way?