Twenty-seven years ago, when I was managing editor of a publication called Travel Smart, I was invited with a few other writers on the first flight of Branson's new airline, Virgin Atlantic, flying from England to Newark.
You won't find the most troubling "moral breakdown" in London among its youth. It reveals itself in every humiliating police search, every shuttered youth club, every corruption scandal ingrained in a political structure that walls off ordinary people.
I worry we are seeing the Tea Party future unfolding in London. It is a future where the wealthiest citizens are not taxed and vital health, educational, and welfare services for everyone else are cut.