|London fire - riot pix from news.com.au|
CRIKEY... A couple writers I like from the UK, Melanie Phillips and James Delingpole, try to decipher the madness and some of the motivation of teen rioting. From Melanie:
"I have written for more than two decades on the various elements that have contributed to this collapse of order: family breakdown and mass fatherlessness; the toleration and even encouragement of grossly inadequate parenting; educational collapse which damages most those at the bottom of the social heap; welfare dependency; political correctness and the vicious injustices and moral inversion of victim culture; the grossly irresponsible toleration of soft drug-taking; the shuddering distaste at the notion of punishment and the consequent collapse of authority in the entire criminal justice system; the implosion of the policing ethic and the police retreat from the streets; the increasing organisation and boldness of anarchist and left-wing subversive activity; and the growth of irrationality, narcissistic self-centredness and mob rule and the near-certainty of a fundamental breakdown of morality and order.
To every one of these arguments that I have made over the years, the left has responded with jeers and smears. Now, as terrified citizens see their homes and businesses torched, looters queue up in order more efficiently to steal from shattered shops and passing motor-cyclists are dragged off their machines and beaten up and robbed --all with near-total impunity -- we can see all these chickens coming so frighteningly home to roost."
"There are lots of reasons why we are where we are today: the takeover of the police force by politically correct Blairite apparatchiks like Ian Blair; the Macpherson report; multiculturalism; ludicrous, self-defeating slogans like (the Met’s motto) “working towards a safer London.” These are entrenched problems which will not easily be undone; they certainly require root and branch reform of the kind that an outsider like Bill Bratton is far better placed to achieve.
And I don’t believe the most of the young policemen and women now laying their necks on the line actually want to be working in the kind of PC police force we have today. I think most of them are thoroughly appalled at the way they are only allowed to perform their primary duty – protecting people and property – with one arm tied behind their back by PC regulations. I think what they want is for the kind of police force that does what most of us expect the police to do. Not to make us “safer”. But to make us actually safe."
Good luck London... (P.S. appeasement never works)... time for some water cannons, curfews, cell phone confiscations and prosecutions. Time to nip things in the bud... anarchy ain't pretty y'all