Behind The Headlines – An Analysis Of Britain’s Troubles

The headlines and news reports on Britain’s current period of discontent seem incapable of addressing the fundamental reasons for the unrest across the country.

A Century Old Furniture Store Blazes

From London, the trouble spread rapidly all across the nation, as city after city was embroiled in mass rioting on an unprecedented scale by young members of Britain’s society. The police were unable to stop the violence that led to vehicles, shops and housing set ablaze by discontented youth.

Riot Video:

The police were fighting it with one arm tied behind their backs, because they are not allowed to use the right tools for the job. The press added fuel to the fire with uncorroborated reports on the excuse used by the rioters, i.e, the death of Mark Duggan.

Duggan – Make Of The Hand Gesture What You Will

Duggan was considered by many as a gangster and drug dealer, with ties to one of London’s many gangs The Star Gang. But listen to his family and you hear he was a loving father and husband, in fact a pillar of society. So much for a family’s knowledge of their son, but this was what the press were so eager to report.

The whole scenario of Duggan’s death is still under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), and remember the first word in its name; Independent!

Duggan The Family Man?

The press however were not waiting for that, they ‘knew’ what happened, or think they did! There is little doubt in my mind that their inflammatory reports on Duggan’s death may well have been the catalyst that sparked off the whole episode.

Since that time of course the IPCC has let it be known that Duggan did not fire his gun, but maybe he was reaching for it and the police firearms squad took preventative measures. What would you do if someone was pulling a gun on you? We must all wait for the full IPCC Report.

A Female Jumps From Her Blazing Apartment

There is little doubt we must lay a lot of the blame for these riots upon the press. The photographs of blazing buildings, vandalised shop fronts and looters, coupled with banner headlines sells newspapers – and that’s what it’s all about! Why should they care about destroyed buildings, shops, and lives, when everyone was having such fun and they are selling papers as fast as they can print them?

The TV news crews were not much better, although I have to say, from what I have seen, they were a little more restrained than the press.

In the middle of this once again were our beleaguered police, trying to tackle anarchy in its worst form, practically with their bare hands. Mob violence is an ugly thing and very difficult to control, for much of the problem is in identifying the ringleaders and arresting them, and only by achieving this can you take the steam out of the situation.

German Water Cannon-It Makes Them Run!

The German police have had good results with their water cannon and dye sprays, but of course, such tactics by our police would cause a storm of protest from ?’innocent’? parties ‘caught up’ in the riot. I am sorry, but if you are on the scene, you are not innocent! Any normal innocent person would get the hell out of the whole area as quickly as possible! Yesterday, a statement from the Home Office said they do not consider the use of water cannon as relevant to the situation.Typical!

By far the largest problem for the police is public opinion. They have been pilloried in the press at almost every major disturbance in the last ten years for ‘over-reacting, kettling, heavy-handed tactics, brutality and outright murder (i.e. Ian Tomlinson). Since that time Chief Constables have been very aware of this, and put severe curbs on police behaviour with the net effect of making them all but useless. In other words they have been hamstrung by ‘Political Correctness”! When it comes to riot control, as a policeman you are ‘damned if you do, and damned if you don’t’!

Devastation

The troubles have resulted in several hundred individuals being arrested for anything from public order offences to outright arson and burglary. One individual has even been charged for the attempted murder of a police officer after deliberately driving at him in a car.

The next hurdle is, naturally enough, the justice system. At the moment the judiciary are clearly not up to the task. Too many of these malcontents are let off with community service or a suspended sentence, which is nothing more than a ‘slap on the wrist’. If that is all they get for smashing up shops and burning down entire buildings, cars and buses, then our justice system is in a sorry state.

Hopelessly Out Of Touch

Part of the problem of course is the Justice Ministry, which like any other must save money. We have already seen Justice Minister Ken Clark’s pathetic attempts at saving money by releasing prisoners early, quashed by the Prime Minister – thank God!

While the death of the known thug, Mark Duggen (innocent pillars of the community do not carry guns), was used as the initial excuse for the riots, further commentators have suggested the unrest within the ranks of today’s youth is because they cannot get employment. This may well be more accurate than most people suppose, and we have to dig deeper into the events preceeding last weekends action.

Youth On The Dole

It is a sad fact that most of Britain’s youth is considered unemployable by the commercial world.

See post:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/young-people-today-unemployable/

The reason for this is two-fold. They were not motivated to learn, and much more damning, they were let down badly by the education system in the UK which has been failing its students for decades. The reason for this is as it has always been for the last forty years, the teachers are totally incapable of passing on knowledge, because they do not possess it themselves.

See Posts:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/the-uk-education-system-just-got-worse-if-thats-possible/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/its-not-mi-falt-i-carnt-spel/

Discipline? What Discipline!

Even the idea that you must learn at school if you are to have a future, has to be learnt like the ABC. This teaching should have come from parents as well as the school staff, but then we got all ‘politically correct’ and child punishment was banned both at home and in the schools.  As a consequence, this basic necessity could no longer be taught. My generation called it discipline – and it worked!

Now we have a youth who feel they can do as they please with no fear of retribution. Elders and teachers are  forbidden by law to instill any form of discipline in their children other than the spoken word, and that is useless. It is significant that all the rioters were youths and young children, many of whom should have been at home with their parents. To them it was a chance to challenge authority i.e. the police, and create mayhem, plus of course get their hands on goods they would otherwise never be able to afford. With the child discipline laws as they stand, we are headed for a much more of the same.

The Teenager’s View

Next we have the education system itself. It is no wonder companies do not want to hire today’s youth because they cannot read, write, or do simple mathematics properly anymore. When three-quarters of today’s teenagers are semi-literate how can they hope to gain employment in the high tech world of today. They are not fit for anything more than cleaning the streets, emptying rubbish bins or driving trucks.

Says It All Really

That is why they are so discontented today, and that is why they look for any excuse to riot and cause mayhem because they think society has forgotten them and consigned them to the trash already. We do not see this mindless rioting in other countries, unless its for a specific cause like Anti-Nuclear, because no other nation has the terrible standards of education we do. You do not see the likes of France or Germany importing huge numbers of skilled workers to fill jobs because they have their own. We on the other hand have none, due solely to our poor education standards.

Of course there is the other side of the coin, in which many of todays disaffected youth ‘get a kick’ out of smashing cars, shop fronts and policeman’s faces, and not forgetting the chance of a free 46″ TV, iPad and clothing they can loot from smashed shops. There can be little doubt, the youth of today have much to gripe about, but rioting will not solve their problems, and those involved should be feel the full weight of the law.

So how do we solve it? A big question which I don’t see M.P’s, or political commentators rushing to answer.

Looters On The Rampage

In my opinion. the only way to get out of this spiral of disaster is to turn the clock back to when we had a much acclaimed national curriculum and start teaching it right away. A national curriculum is the nation’s standard for education, and should be taught in every school without local deviations.

Immediately start winkling out the poor and mediocre teachers and have them attend night-school to improve their subject knowledge, if necessary at their own expense, for they are the front line of those who let down our nation’s children through their own inadequacies. I am damn sure the majority of teachers could not pass a 1950’s GCSE exam!

Second, a system of night-schools should be set up across the country to give today’s youth a standard of education that makes them employable.

Education Or More Of This

These are certainly difficult measures to impose, but to me there is little doubt they are necessary if we are to make our youth employable, and rid ourselves of the simmering discontent that abounds in our society today. If you think things are bad now, just reflect on how they will be in ten years time, because without solving the education problem things are only going to get worse, much worse. We could end up with total anarchy!

In closing, let me say that I am in no way condoning the mindless violence that has destroyed so much of Britain’s image to the world, especially with the Olympics just a year away. This is just an idea of how the underlying problem can be tackled before it gets worse, much worse.

The Price Of Rioting-Your Tax Money

Its interesting to note that the repair bill for all the damage caused by the rioting of the past few days could cost the taxpayer £100 million!!! How does that grab you folks? If it makes you angry, then the parents of those concerned should exercise more control over their children and make sure they do not go on the rampage again!

Roy.

4 Responses to “Behind The Headlines – An Analysis Of Britain’s Troubles”

  1. Wed 9 55 AM Those people rioting are mostly mindless thugs as lots say.But i am shocked with the hatred of some commentors too.All this rioting is to do with many things.Most certainly disipline has gone out the window in this country.I am not talking about brutality here as lots of that was done to me.That never did me any good at all.In fact it scarred me for life.Ihave always been a law abiding guy but it was IN SPITE of all the beatings.So yes their should be more discipline but in proportion.Just as important is the fact parents should take responsibility for their kids and bring them up decently.Another thing is the trendy teachers need to stop making friends with the kids.That does as much harm as anything as kids lose all respect for teachers like that.But you know what?The vast majority of kids are hardworking and WANT to get ahead in life .They just need teachers parents to do there jobs properly and for the kid hating adults to be more understanding.

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    • Hi Hemp,
      You are right in what you say, and the sooner people recognise that fact the better. It is essential to teach our children discipline as in the old days, but as you say, without the brutality. However, I have to ask, who is to do this? Many parents today care little what their children are doing so long as they are out from under their feet. There is so little discipline today that to get it back, and teach children basic right from wrong, will be very difficult.
      As for teachers, today they feel the only way to control their classes is to ‘make friends’ with their pupils, which as you say, is the wrong approach. The government needs to remove all these stupid ‘politically correct’ ideas about school discipline and allow children to be marched to the headmaster’s office for ‘six of the best’. That was a very effective way of instilling discipline into the wildest of children.
      It would be nice if we could go back, but I fear we are on the slippery slope.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Roy.

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  2. hopefully it will all end soon

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    • Hi Laura,
      The current spate of rioting may well end soon, but I fear we are a long way from being ‘out of the woods’.
      Thanks for the comment.
      Roy.

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