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No magic pill for British riot "sickness"

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Though British top officials blame criminal aspirations for the nights of riots in the UK, locals from the violence-struck areas say the government’s budget policy is forcing youths towards crime.

Prime Minister David Cameron talked tough on Wednesday, branding pockets of society “sick”, and pledging to reform them.

“Whatever resources the police need, they will get. Whatever tactics the police feel they need to employ, they will have legal backing to do so. We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets,” pledged the PM.

But seemingly unlike Cameron, people who live in the country’s poorest communities saw this unrest coming, exacerbated by government policy.

“I think certain things that we had, like swimming, used to be free; and stuff like that gave a place for children to go. And cuts and stuff don’t give opportunities to children that are less fortunate to go and enjoy stuff in holidays, so they resort to causing havoc,” a teenager told RT in London.

“You can’t blame the youth for being fed up and feeling disenfranchised and feeling there’s nothing for them to do, because there doesn’t seem to be anything for them – there are no jobs, nowhere for them to go, apart from hang around on street corners,” said another interviewee.

The current sickness is not quickly cured: it links to years of liberal policies resulting in an underclass of young people who do not equate rights with responsibilities.

Antisocial behavior results in a court order seen by many as a badge of honor. Schooling in deprived areas is disrupted by bad behavior. Teachers no longer have recourse to punishment and cannot count on support from parents.

“Sort out the youth! They need calming down. I dunno what they need, they need to be controlled – where’s the parents? Where’s the parents in all this?” asks a London resident.

The thoughts are echoed by other Londoners:

“You’ve got a lot of youths with nothing to do, and the schemes that are set in place to help them have something to do are getting axed by the council through shortage of funds,” RT has been told by a man in a London street.

One of those schemes being cut is the bus, which goes round the housing estates in Hackney providing much-needed resources and encouragement to young people. There used to be two such buses, but now there is no money to pay staff. So because of government cutbacks, the team can only reach half the youngsters they used to.

“If they are deemed to be failing school because they have not met the criteria or have not jumped through the hoops of 7 GCSEs [British standard exams –Ed.], they then go on to feel that they have not achieved anything in life, their aspirations change, and in the result they often delve into criminality or drugs, or just become a burden on society,” says a Hackney youth worker.

Youth unemployment in Hackney, East London, runs at over 30 per cent. Parts of the borough are fairly affluent, so it is reasonable to assume that figure rises substantially when it comes to these council estates. It has become a culture that in some cases it is more profitable to stay at home and claim benefits than it is to go out and work for a living.

“There are jobs there if they wanted to do them. Most jobs are in pubs, in shops – everywhere you go, they are filled by Eastern Europeans, who are highly educated, who actually speak the language, and they are getting the jobs. Our own people are not getting them, very often because they are not interested in education and they don’t really want to work,” explains MEP Gerard Batten.

The problem of marginalized youth is not a quick fix, and as such it is also not an election winner. So once this immediate situation is under control, it will be interesting to see what the government does to fix the “sickness” in this society. If the answer is nothing, it should be no surprise to see violence flare again, and in youth from all walks of life.


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  1. The Good Ol' Boys says:

    The berk will be gone within the year,by fair or foul means.

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  2. Anthony Cloud says:

    Much of what is said in the article is true, but the most important points are missing. You cannot bring up children that cannot be corrected and controlled by their parents. There’s a big difference between beating a kid half to death and whacking his arse with a slipper or a belt. It’s a complete disgrace that kids are allowed to run wild and terrorize their parents and there is NOTHING that they can do about it.

    It’s just as big a disgrace when teachers have disruptive pupils that threaten them, refuse to obey any instructions and curse and swear at the very people who are trying to help them. WHITE children have responded to the belt, the slipper and the cane for hundreds of years, so it’s no surprise that when you remove all forms of correction that kids run wild.

    It’s a disgrace that there is no longer any respect in the workplace. I object when some snot-nosed, acne-ridden brat shows me no respect. In my day, you addressed your bosses as Mr… or Ma’am or Sir. That’s why I stopped employing people. I refuse to be disrespected by a brat 20 years my junior with an IQ of 80.

    Then there is the biggest problem of all and that lies in a totally foreign ‘culture’, which has been brought in. Just because a Black Man wears a suit, and just because he lives in the UK, does NOT mean that he is like us. Look at every country in Africa and in fact every place where Blacks abound. They riot, kill, rob, rape and murder without even thinking about it. They’ve been doing it for Centuries and they always will. Aesop must have been thinking of these misfits when he wrote the fable of the Frog and the Scorpion: –

    One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river. The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn’t see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

    Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

    “Hellooo Mr. Frog!” called the scorpion across the water, “Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?”

    “Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you won’t try to kill me?” asked the frog hesitantly.

    “Because,” the scorpion replied, “If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!”

    Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. “What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!”

    “This is true,” agreed the scorpion, “But then I wouldn’t be able to get to the other side of the river!”

    “Alright then…how do I know you won’t just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?” said the frog.

    “Ahh…,” crooned the scorpion, “Because you see, once you’ve taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!”

    So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog’s back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog’s soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

    Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog’s back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

    “You fool!” croaked the frog, “Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?”

    The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog’s back.

    “I could not help myself. It is my nature.”

    Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

    I don’t care how much money you throw at the Africans, Indian, Pakistanis, and the rest, rioting, theft, murder, looting and rape is part of their genes. It’s in their nature, just like the scorpion and no matter what you do, you will never change them. It isn’t possible. You can throw them into jail, you can take away their homes and their benefits and all that they will do is they prey upon even more vulnerable people. MULTICULTURALISM WILL NEVER WORK. We are the frogs and they are the scorpions. We work to produce and create jobs, they work to consume and destroy.

    Sure there are a few of them that their ‘culture’ skipped a generation, but just because 5% of the Blacks that you know seem OK, Don’t let that 5% fool you that the other 95% are the same. You KNOW that most of the crimes, stabbings, shootings, gangs, prostitutes, pimps, rapists, thieves and muggers are Black. You know it and I know it, but you are too bloody scared that you’ll be branded as a racist if you dare to utter it, you cowardly bastards, so you sit back, content to see your children and grandchildren brought up to emulate the ways of the savages and THAT is the main reason that the White kids were also looting and rioting. They see that the Blacks can get away with it, so why shouldn’t they.

    It doesn’t matter whether you jail the Blacks for 2 days or 10 years, when they get out, they will do EXACTLY the same as they have been doing for centuries and they will sting the stupid frog and bite the hand that feeds then as long as you assholes are prepared to put up with it!

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