It is clear to see the extent of violence and damage, just share criminality in cities and towns in the UK in the past few days. Although there is no reason or justification for the reckless distruction of properties and indiscriminate looting going on, it is however imperative that this government don't brush the disorder aside as share opportunistic criminal activities.
It may look like wanton violence but it is clear that people, not just young people or 'opportunistic criminals' (as they are being tagged), are very angry and frustrated.
This may sound unusual or petronising but the actions of the POLICE in managing the anarchy needs to be commended and the call for tanks, rubber bullets, water cannon are all pre-mature and as strange as it may sound considering that the initial riot was as a result of Met Police actions, we need to support and applaud the way they are managing the crisis so far. The law must come down hard on the core criminal gangs using this as a cover to fuel public disorder while actively engaging in robbery and systematic damage to properties.
As a nation we must not focus on the criminal elements and dismiss recent activities as just criminal thugs and/or allow the press to run away with the coverage in their usual dramatic and high impact manner.
The Government must look at the impact of some of the policies they are implementing and the share hardship and difficulties their actions are placing on families and the average hard working citizens in the UK.
Yes things are difficult, yes it is no excuse for violence, yes peoples businesses and livelyhoods have been destroyed, yes the level of violence is unprecedented, yes the government and the police wants to sound tough, in control and send strong messages, yes emotions are runing high but the truth is that 'there is no smoke without fire'. And instead of the threatening and angry response from the government and the police, we need to open an honest big conversation, do the soul searching and learn from this unusual events taking place across the country.
Something fundamental is going wrong in our society, the system is fundamentally flawed and until the government, the politicians and all the multi-million pounds organisations like British gas, Shell, the banks etc starts 'keeping it real' with the ordinary people and understand that millions in this Country don't see no future and life these days for them is more than just graffting, people are really suffering and families are under serious financial pressures, events like this will soon become common-place because people are frustrated and angry.
This year alone, the VAT is gone up, taxes are gone up, Petrol price is gone up, Gas and electricity price is gone up, transportation cost is gone up, Food prices are gone up, School fees are gone up over 500% and on the other hand wages are gone down, unemplyment is at a historic high, services and support are being cut at break-neck speed. What do you expect when the bankers are still earning their bonuses worth millions of pounds and the politicians all jetting off on luxury holidays while for the average families an already difficult situation is turning into hoplessness.
This is the only Country in the world that it pays to be on benefit and a cardinal sin to go to work and try and earn a decent living.
Dependency on benefit has been going on for generations and when you are on benefit you get all the support and assistance available for doing nothing but when you work you are qualified for nothing, you pay high taxes, get nothing in return, no support, no benefit and if anything you get punished. This is the fundamental problem with this system and this cancer eating into the fabric of the society must be tackled and the dependency on benefit mentality must be changed.
Hope must be brought back, the cuts must be managed and all this stupid opinions from TV pundits must stop, they are rich and do not know what it is like living in a 'GHETTO'.
We need to wake up, provide education and hope for our new generations and stop putting them behind bars, poverty is destroying our great nation while the rich is getting richer, where is the fairness and where is the great democracy? Time to think, time for change and time for honest big open discussion.
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