It was something that I was not comfortable with growing up, and unlike the English we had The Troubles as a daily feature. The easiest way I can explain the difference between Western Europe and the US is that WE has a focus on collectivism (almost utilitarian). The US enshrines individual rights.
Sadly that attitude is pervasive all across the UK; Knife crime jail terms to increase in Scotland - BBC News
The English class system is still as pervasive as ever, their betters can have the plebs be self sufficient. Just imagine the chaos and anarchy that would follow. Next thing they might want individual rights, and not be just some cog in the Empire. Can you imagine?!?