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London Riots = democracy in trouble

The so-called riots in London are of course just theft, looting, arson and vandalism on a large organised scale. Disgusting and offensive as this may be, we have to ask ourselves why it has happened, and what we can do about it.

I’ve been claiming for years that our government leadership is weak, and it is this weakness that has caused this problem and goes on perpetuating it. We live in a democracy – which is actually a coalition of the meek. We’re the meek, the ones who want to live a gentle and peaceful life, with everything well ordered and civilised, where you work hard to achieve what you can, and you raise your children to have values which are not hugely at odds with those of the rest of society. The meek pay their taxes and elect strong leaders who can spend our money to organise the things that we don’t really want to have to deal with on our doorsteps – like education, social care, law and order, and defence.

So why are the riots happening? Because there are criminal elements at large who believe that in large numbers, covering their faces, they can get away with anything. So far, they’re right – because our political leadership is weak, blustering, full of hot air and with no stomach for decisive action – which sends a terrible message to those waiting in the second wave. The Police try their best but they’re outnumbered and outmanoeuvred. There are minority pockets of people all over the country who don’t care about anything except material goods, and if they think they can just take what they want, they will.

David Cameron and his government should take this as their Falklands, and either deal with it swiftly and decisively, stamping on the criminals with all necessary force… or step down, and let someone else have a go. The trouble is, we didn’t like our strong leaders because they spoke harshly to us and weren’t good media managers, so all we’re left with these days is pathetic ex-public schoolboy career politicians who would rather make us fearful of Islamic fundamentalists than to actually tackle the nation’s internal problems. Ah well, at least we only have ourselves to blame.

4 Comments

  1. Peripeton

    What an amazing analysis…The reason given for what is happening is ¨Because there are criminal elements at large who believe that in large numbers, covering their faces, they can get away with anything. ¨…..

    More than laughable, this is actually dangerous and plain stupid. The socioeconomic and political reasons behind the uprisings, riotings and revolts around the globe are completely ignored. Inequality = crime. More inequality will induce more crime, more frustrated people, more youth with no dreams and future and of course more violence.

    Wake up before it’s too late. Capitalism is heading us to destruction

    • Jon

      That’s one hell of a justification for any crime… It’s ok because I have less than someone else? Good lord… Wake up man, and grow a backbone.

  2. Paul

    It all started years ago, no national service,no hanging,softer life sentences,no canning in schools,no smacking your kids,no justice. Oh well at least we only have ourselves to blame

  3. Guy

    There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it
    — Martin Luther King Jr

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