I’ve been taken aback by the irrational and heavy-handed response of people I (used to) respect in relation to the recent outbreak of rioting across English cities.
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- Here's a detailed look at these events, and subsequent clean up, from a different perspective
http://universityforstrategicoptimism.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/riotcleanup-or-riotwhitewash/Aug 11, 2011
- I'm sorry but there is no reason at all for the scenes we have witnessed recently. Please show me any justification for setting fire to other people's businesses and homes or pretending to help an injured man when they are actually robbing him.
The politicians are right for once. These scenes are nothing to do with deprived areas wanting to be heard and everything to do with criminal acts and theft. Why else would a teaching assistant and an architect be looting stores? Because they can't afford to feed themselves?
Every person who took part in the riots deserves the book thrown at them. We have seen these pathetic scenes throughout the year but this last bout of violence takes the biscuit. The law abiding British public should not have to put up with such acts of intimidation against their communities. If anything, those arrested are frankly lucky, in other countries looters would be shot on sight.
(Apologies for any errors I am typing this without my glasses on. Maybe I should nip down to my local Specsavers and loot it for a replacement pair?) ;)Aug 11, 2011
- Totally agree Kip.Aug 11, 2011
- Yes, they should all be dealt with the same way. If you knowingly commit a crime you should be willing to accept the consequences for it. I highly doubt that a single person in those riots thought their actions were within the law, they looted and robbed because they believed they would get away with it. Karma is now catching up with them.Aug 11, 2011
- It's not about motivation... this is a cultural thing... mores that are totally different, engendered by the disenfranchisement I previously mentioned. It's not a protest, not a fight for equality or equanimity... it's just a reflection and extension of a way of life.Aug 11, 2011
- Nick Clegg on the radio this morning said that people were all concerned about their home and shops. In London middle class kids are concerned about ever being able to have their own home - we need to be careful about the language we use.Aug 11, 2011