Don't despair Three pieces of recent news have spoken eloquently of the desperate state of our country. John Benton First, the shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, made a speech comparing parts of Britain to The Wire, a US television drama which portrays the reality of inner city drug gangs and violence. He may have been making a political point, but it resonated with many ordinary people. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.