Paola and I had been looking forward to our trip to London for weeks. We planned on having an absolute riot. Little did we know as we arrived, that thousands of other had a similar idea in mind. We didn’t see any rioting while we were there, but then we didn’t go looking. We did experience some minor inconveniences though. Some stores were closing early, to allow staff to get home safely. Others decided to board up their windows.
There’s not a lot I can add to the story that hasn’t been reported on the news. But I can add my tuppence to the analysis of ‘why?’ Usually after a riot, talk of ‘economic disparity’ is a popular theme. There is a tremendous gap between the wealthy and the not so wealthy in London, it’s true. I mentioned that recently. But in my opinion, these riots had nothing to do with that. Nor were these riots caused by cutbacks. Nor, I’m sorry to have to tell the anti-multicultural brigade, did it have anything to do with racial diversity. Nor did it really have an awful lot to do with the killing of Mark Duggan by the police.
I wrote a post not so long ago about how easy life is in the UK. I’ve also previously written that there is no real sense of community in the UK. Not one that encompasses the entire population of the community, anyway. I’ve written about how I feel safer in the Distrito Federal than I do in London, or any other large English town, simply because of the small minded yobbish culture that is (and has long been) so prevalent here. I’m going to suggest that the real cause of the riots is due to a combination of a loss of community, life being too easy and for society being too soft. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But that’s the essence of it for me. Life is hard and dangerous work and that’s the way it is meant to be. When you make it too easy, you end up with a generation who want to be given what they want, rather than earn it.
I’ve seen so many people being interviewed over the last few days. Some have really stood out, but none more than this one on the Beeb. When they got home and watched themselves on the television, did it occur to them what a bunch of morons they are? Did their parents, perhaps, mention that they looked pathetic? Did they suggest that they came across as low life pond scum? Probably not. It was sad to see a police officer going on television to ask parents not to let their kids out at night to join in the rioting. They needed to be told? Some clearly didn’t listen. Others actually took their kids out to show them how looting should be done.
One parent whined (with his back to the camera) that he’s ‘not allowed to control his children’. He could, of course, have been a bit more proactive when bringing his children up and taught them a little respect to begin with. Not that that always works with every kid, but there’s just too many ‘parents’ out there who are not putting basic parenting skills into practice. What’s the solution? I’ve no idea. The old National Service chestnut also gets put forward, and doesn’t seem an entirely bad idea. If these fools are going to senselessly waste their lives, I’d almost rather they go forth as cannon fodder to make a mess of an Afghan desert with their intestines than make a mess of our cities and then cost us tax money to keep them housed in a prison.