More shocking than the England/London riots themselves are the reaction of politicians and other officials. In denial and fear of loosing their jobs they go on attacking those involved in the riots and the looting.
I agree with David Cameron that society as such (not just in the UK) is “sick”. Yet when you have a serious flue what does the doctor do to cure you? Punish you for being sick? Or find out why you are sick and see how he can help you getting back to normal?
It is most astonishing to hear Nottingham Magistrates’ Court Judge Devas say to a convicted looter: “Don’t you feel ashamed that you are now counted among the hundreds of yobbos arrested and now considered as scum by the public?” So this is justice in the year 2011? Public humiliation..? Just wow. And people wonder why there is no respect for society and the system. Just listen to yourself Judge Devas…!
We have David Cameron talking about “phony human rights concerns” (in context of identifying potential rioters) and hear suggestions to evict people involved in riots from council houses.
Of course with this kind of language there was quickly a successful e-petition (100 000+) that asks for rioters loosing their benefits.
A social media ban for suspected rioters is yet another of David Cameron’s brilliant ideas.
And of course we had a suggestion of assembling all the rioters in Wembley stadium… Just wow.
This is politics and courts failing those they have failed before yet once more:
rubber bullets, humiliation and exclusion are the answers to a “sick” society from those in charge. Fail, fail, fail.
Yes, society is sick. But it’s also true that:
The fish always stinks from the head downwards.
Be careful who you call “scum”. If the tone we hear does not change quickly this will backfire sooner or later with much greater force than what we have seen in recent days. And next time I guess the mob will be smarter and attack the CCTV cams first: Big Brother is not the solution but part of the problem.
This surely does look like Capitalism failing and Fascism rising.
The system is obviously a joke: you steal a bottle of water worth £3.50 and get six months in jail plus the prime minister’s and the honorable judges’ “scum’” tag. Yet those who looted society – politicians helping bankers, bankers helping politicians – are still walking around freely, anonymously and with no justice done whatsoever! David Cameron tries to punish and exclude the UK youth out of fear of loosing his job. So 11-17 year olds, their families and communities are now paying the prize for the failure of politics. The world is looking at you UK, the world’s youth is looking at you David Cameron and be sure that people know who the real “scum”, the real looters are. Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y…?
Why, just why is it that the majority of our leaders are such a miserable failure…?!
London riots: Wandsworth council moves to evict mother of charged boy (www.guardian.co.uk): “…they will have to find housing in the private sector and that will be tougher for them. But they should have thought about that before they started burgling” = “Let them eat cake.”
David Cameron, your society is very, very sick. Excuse me, I now need to go and puke while thinking of you and your pals from Wandsworth coucil!