feral underclass

feral underclass

A term coined by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke referring to the participants in the riots and looting that swept the UK in autumn of 2011, who found that 75% of the over-18 individuals charged had previous criminal records, unfazed by their past punishments, and had been free to re-offend because of the broken penal system.
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A feral elite is of course just the flip side of a feral underclass, conjuring an image of rampant and uncontrollable forces; a threat and a danger that galvanises us into action, an enemy to be overcome.
We need the politicians to bring back common sense and rid this once proud nation of our feral underclass.
These youths are part of the feral underclass and this man was pushed and pushed and pushed.
On balance democratic institutions may still be much more preferable but given the greed of the banks and those able to make it to the top of the pile, it seems to have left us with a feral underclass who have no respect for authority.
Dreaming of a uniracial global utopia, unholy elites alternately placate and fend off a feral underclass and manipulate the overfed and unthinking throngs in the middle: Bill O'Reilly's "the folks.
He said that there was "a feral underclass, cut off from the mainstream in everything but its materialism" and called for Government action to tackle "an appalling social deficit".