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London’s Burning

It’s all kicked off in the UK over the past few days following the death of a civilian at the hands of Police in London. There have been many incidents across the capital itself, but last night saw riots across several mainland cities. The news channels have been awash with pundits and politicians wanting to provide their view on what’s going on.

The phrase of the day seems to be that the kids who are rioting are doing so because they have “no stake in society”. This of course makes no sense. If they have jobs, they have a stake in society because this kind of violence will not increase the chances of them keeping that job in a country which is struggling with it’s burden of debt. It also means that any taxes they are paying are being unnecessarily diverted to police & repair the trouble. It also makes no sense if they’re unemployed… their education, NHS system, benefits are all provided for by the state, if they’re bothering to look for jobs, they’ll probably use the state Job Centre system.

Of course, it’s of no surprise that politicians on the left would try to attribute root cause for this to the state. Ken Livingstone – a vile individual if ever there was one – was talking about a ‘lost generation’ and blaming our government for creating that… even though they’ve only been in power for 15 months!!

The blame, in my mind, lies with the prevalent attitude that has existed across the UK now for years… ‘it’s someone else’s job’.

People here do not want to accept responsibility or accountability for their actions. Whether it’s paying fees on unauthorised credit, claiming for damages if their kid falls over in the supermarket, or teaching their kids the difference between right & wrong.

Last night, a leading policeman asked parents if they knew where their kids are… when he should have been telling them to start parenting if their kids are involved in the trouble. We live in a society where people want to encourage parents not to chastise their children… People out there are actively trying to make smacking a crime. Consequently, children have no fear of their parents. The schools of course have had no ability to punish unruly children, so authority figures in childrens’ early life have no fear factor. Is it then any surprise when teenagers view the police & authority with no fear?!

It’s time to return responsibility to the parents, to the people.

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About Mcfaggen

Having grown up in Co. Fermanagh where most of my family still reside, I thought it would be worthwhile to keep a blog of my travels around the rest of the UK, Europe and the World.

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