Not blogged for a while, so thought I should catch up on the old recent events thing.
Since the riots last week we now have two opposite views on why they happened and how to deal with it.
The Labour view, expressed by Ed Minibrain, is that this country has too many rich people who only care about money so it’s changed social attitudes and they should be taxed more, so that poor people won’t want to steal, assault policemen and damage property.
Then there is the Conservative view from David Cameras-on, shock horror, sickening and we’ll stamp them out and leave them homeless and that’ll teach them. Sick society and I’m going to have meetings and (no doubt) mount a serious leaflet campaign - that’ll teach them. Must be the parent’s fault and the teachers, of course.
Well, I’m afraid that the country being in the hands of people like this makes me cringe. It seems clear to me the rioters were mixed ages, races and perhaps class. One black man shot by police was always only an excuse for bored, uneducated youngsters, backed up by older people who saw an opportunity to steal. Why would it happen?
We have a police force who dare not move in on rioters, because if they do and someone gets hurt, they may find themselves in the dock facing unlawful killing charges. Having emasculated the police, is it not easy to see how riots developed? A line of police in riot gear stand and watch as looters empty shops, destroying people’s livelihoods. They wait for instructions which just don’t arrive. They should have charged the first rioters and I’m afraid they should have been hard on them. The riot would have fizzled out.
In the longer term, lefty Socialists with their wimpish policies need to consider the effects of their realised leniency. We had 13 years of Left-wing, namby-pamby nanny-state nonsense from the labour Party and it’s no use whining about it now. The riots, the financial disaster and empty Government coffers are a direct result of our voting. Maybe if they brought back National Service (for all, not just the unwashed youths in Council estates) values would change. The unemployed young people would at least be taught to read and write (11% of young people in inner London are illiterate) if not learn trades.
If you want to change social order it requires a huge re-think, but the riots seemed to me to be due to poor policing caused directly by political correctness tying the hands of the police and forcing them to take risks of injury to appease soft policing policies. Sadly, the politicians haveno answers, so nothing will change. In the end it will be up to individuals to bring about changes in our society because we’ve elected such a lot of twits.
The only bit of common sense is from Boris Johnson. He is the only one who has any sense if you ask me (bet you won’t though).