The London Riots are long overdue – Britain’s poor are very tame in comparison with our European neighbours. Of course it’s all wrong, though so is our patronising Home Secretary for telling us. If the knee jerk blather of such as Ms May and Herr Klegg is right, Britain must contain substantial pockets of criminality just waiting to burst out on the streets – a criminality we otherwise don’t see? Police are in for a dire time if this is true. I suspect, for once, that deeper sociological analysis is right and the causes of these riots are complex. The symptoms are criminal, the ‘disease’ is not. The revolting arrogance of well-off politicians and banksters on the austerity non-economics is a red rag to those who have been given no future and had very little. I take a different view and have decided to leave, my country now a shameful place beyond repair due to years of nopolitics and theft by the rich.
The kids who are out smashing and burning probably have little articulation of what they are up to. I doubt they are criminal in the normal sense of use – this is all people like this can do, much as the banbksters could not help but defraud us with useless loan insurance. The policing involved looks bad and of the ‘arrest the survivors’. It will be interesting to discover the full extent of whatever it is that is pent up. To think of this as criminality is unhelpful. To brand it as criminal is potentially highly inflammatory, along the lines of the blacking of Duggan’s character. He now seems to have been shot in panic, though we’ll know more tomorrow. We have not been listening to our poor and let our rich systematically steal our future.
Burning shops doesn’t seem to help, but nothing else does either. The white collar versions have gone unnoticed, yet the thefts have returned us to 1900 and probably to the brink of war.
What we should have is answers that would prevent people being this pissed off. Instead our turkey-government has been adding to the flames. The answer is to replace unemployment by National Service and agree a fairer distribution of wealth and income and politics that genuinely represent across our society, rather than vie for enough votes to be in power.
There is no excuse for the riots, but the blame does not attach merely to those rioting. Our attitude to the poor is one of my reasons for leaving. Depression is coming and we aren’t hearing any sensible plans to help us work our way out of it. The rich don’t want work – they can’t make enough money sitting on their idle arses from work. We should learn from the massive bail outs and QE just how much money we could have thrown at unemployment and new investment if the scumbag rich hadn’t been running an illegal gambling game funded by tax payers. Remember, when I’m gone, you brought this on yourselves through ignorance and callousness – you’ve been had.
We know the trashing of communities is wrong and all the rest. But so is the massive hogging of our resources by rich interest groups who threaten to leave any country trying to produce a decent economy for all. Police, as ever, have to stand up and be counted, which is a lot more than the rest of us have managed with the politicians who have presided over the flight of our capital.
I don’t know what these kids are doing or why they are doing it. I’m waiting for someone to ask them. In the meantime a curfew might have been an idea. Soon ‘stop and search’ will be used to deflect responsibility onto policing and away from the nopolitics. I assume, if this stuff was organised, there would have been a torch-lit march on Parliament.
These actions are criminal and should be dealt with as such. This is obvious – so why aren’t our non-politicians asking deeper questions on why anyone would ‘support’ them by being on the streets?
In the meantime, the real story is the financial crisis and stock market collapse – all the doing of greedy rich people we don’t need and yet control our lives. My heart goes out to the bobbies, fire staff and paramedics trying to cope. They deserve some responsible politicians. This isn’t about stop and search or the Duggan cock-up. My guess is its about making so many people feel worthless.
The events are ‘simply inexcusable’ – but are we really convinced by ‘school’s out’ blather? Those protesting elsewhere in the world have all been called criminals by horrendous governments. It is, of course, very difficult to think of any of our rioters as political protesters – but it’s not impossible to see political reasons for some of our youth behaving like this. We have done little for them and it looks like they finally know this.
Curfew and shooting looters might well be a fair response if we are prepared to do something about the real problems. We won’t.
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A rusty mechanism and a slow action but that penny has certainly worked its way down to make a resounding clunk.
I pay the occasional visit. Some of the more obviously cops are good value. Most cops are politically naive and think the kind of work ethic and social contract we probably believe in are real
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