what happened to law and order?
It’s been an eventful week thus far, Monday we had to take Ronnii to the vets as she’s had a cough that seems to have worsened over the last few weeks. She got a thoroughly good going over by the nice vet lady who said that her heart was strong, that’s a relief, her chest sounded ok, phew! then nice vet lady decided to not be so nice, well as far s Ronnii was concerned, and took her temperature. The thermometer went in and Ronnii struggled a bit. well wouldn’t you? I watched as the numbers on the display rose above 50, 80, 90 and finally hit 100.5! My response to this was one of alarm and then the nice vet lady said, “I’ll have to convert that to Celsius” upon seeing the converted reading, a little over 38 NVL said that her temp was perfectly normal. With Ronnii being a Yorkshire Terrier they are apparently prone to having a collapsed trachea, her throat was checked and again NVL couldn’t find any problems. She suggested that there may be a possibility that Ronnii may have asthma, but to be on the safe side she recommended that we take her to the animal hospital in Ashford to have an x-ray, this has been booked for Tuesday and hopefully it will show nothing to worry about.
In other news, what the heck is going on with the country? Those who know me well are fully aware of the pride I take in being English, I’m not an extremist, I do not support the views of the BNP or EDL, I am just a person who takes pride in our nation and it’s people. England, The United Kingdom or Great Britain, call it what you will, was built through a long history of multiculturalism. If any person who calls themselves English were to trace their family history back far enough they would find that they have Norwegian, Roman, Norman, German, Scots, Irish or Welsh blood flowing through their veins. I personally have Scots/English heritage but I’m sure there other stuff in there. Trudes and I were away at the weekend and we were fairly cut off from sillyvisation, I only logged into Farcebook to update status and check on friends so I didn’t really get any news updates until Monday. What I saw shocked me and made my stomach turn. People were, for reasons probably unknown to them, destroying property and stealing from shops that they had broken into. Now I don’t want to be seen as pointing a finger or directing blame, but in the majority of interviews I’ve seen that feature the offenders, the most commonly used word is “Innit!” A fair proportion of these criminals, for that is what they are, were young men and women who saw the events taking place in our capital city as nothing more than an opportunity for wanton destruction and theft and a chance to “stick it to the man”. Various reasons were given for the crimes being committed from poor living conditions to deprived childhoods, the government was blamed, then the police then the people who own the shops they were looting. Some of the looters even appeared proud of the vile acts they had carried out on their own communities. When asked if they thought it would happen again, the response was “’opefully, issa larf innit!” this nation is an ASBO state, the problem is that those who receive one view it as though it were a badge of honour, the problem is that these people, and I use the term loosely, have no real concept of honour. I’m all for the expression of the freedom of speech and peaceful protest and I’m sure that the initial event that many have said led to the events of the last few days started out as a peaceful protest and that it was a minority of people who turned that into the mayhem that ensued, as is generally the case. The same happens at football matches, I’m not a football fan but I know a few of my friends are and they go of once or twice a year to watch Westchester united play against Liverton FC and they have a good time despite the efforts of the die hard hooligan who go out of their way to spoil the event with violence.
The question on every ones mind is, What can be done about it? well to be honest, I don’t think anything can be done until we overcome the issue of what is fast becoming a thug culture. I see it everyday at the local bus station, groups of teens loitering around intimidating people with abusive language and boisterous behaviour. What they’re lacking is respect. Is it the fault of the parents? in some cases most probably, but in most I think it’s down to peer pressure. The strong leading the weak and if the weak don’t fall into line they are bullied into running with the pack.
Many are calling for harsher penalties and for national Service to be reinstated, will it work? probably not. Yes the bored youth will be taught a trade and taught how to drive and maybe, just maybe they’ll learn a bit of self control, but when it comes down to the bare bones would those with the “gangsta” mind-set just be being taught a more efficient way of being violent? Yes I suppose it’s been brewing for some time, over the last few years there does seem to be an increase of young people on the streets late at night, yes alcohol is more freely available. but I was young once and I did go through a period where I was a challenging teen. But I learned from my mistakes and made new ones that I learned from. I grew up on a council estate but I never vandalised property, I may refer to the law enforcement community as “Rozzers” and at times I do think that the police are harsh in the way that they deal with people, but I respect the work that they do, without a police force the incidents we have witnessed recently would be a regular occurrence and we would have mob rule in a more intense form. What people need to realise is that cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester have millions of people from all cultures residing in them and out of those millions only a small percentage are accountable for the unrest that has taken place. The majority of teenagers are polite respectful people who will, one day, inherit this nation as their own. It is the responsibility of every British person to instil the virtues that they will need to keep this country free from the tyranny of those who seek to bring it to it’s knees. The vandals and thugs can do there utmost to demoralise us and keep us living in fear but as long as the people that respect our nations laws stand proud and maintain peaceful objection order will prevail.
It’s not about Human rights or even human wrongs, it’s about educating the wrongdoers and making them realise that they cannot act as they wish without repercussion. Perhaps those that have destroyed property should also be held into account when the repairs are made and the communities are rebuilt, maybe that way they would have put a part of themselves into the places they call home and would think twice before damaging it. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m just a poor misguided fool who can see a positive at the heart of something very negative. but I really do feel that if these people are incarcerated they will learn nothing, they must, at least be given a chance to repay the debt to society that they have incurred. Those that refuse should then be dealt with in a less lenient manner.
Do we blame the music they listen to? should we levy the blame on the manufacturers of the computer games that are played? Should we take into account that these people come from deprived backgrounds where they have had to struggle every day for a meal? these people that wear designer clothes and have the latest smartphone. Should we pass the buck over to the corporations that make the needful things like mobile phones and LCD televisions? Perhaps it is the fault of the retailers for the high prices, or the banks for the high interest rates. Perhaps, just perhaps, it is simply the greed of those who want the things they can’t afford and feel they have the right to just take them. The events of the last few days have had no real political agenda, there was no “cause” to uphold, it has been about selfish mobs running riot for no other reason than greed.
Disagree with me if you wish, you live in a country that gives you the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but bear in mind that those rights should only be yours until you disregard the laws that as a resident of a country that I, and many like me, believe to be a good place. We take much for granted and as a people we are very easy going but how long will it be before we as a nation stand up and say we will take no more!
This is not about race or belief, this is about making the streets of this sceptred isle safe, and whilst I truly stand by the rights that each and every one of us are entitled to I will not condone the actions of a selfish few who feel that they can flout those rights and cast them aside when they become an inconvenience, the Human Rights Act is there to protect each and every one of us, the Police are charged with ensuring our safety and maintaining order, when act like animals you forfeit those right and you should be be entitled to nothing more than the most basic provision of that act. Through out the world there are those in much greater need than those who feel that not having the latest technological wonder is unfair. Consider those in the third world who have no idea of when the will get even the most simple meal, or if they will awaken the next morning. Think for a moment how easy it is for us to get a meal that satisfies our hunger or a drink that not only quenches our thirst but doesn’t carry the added risk of poisoning or killing us, consider this the next time you stroll past Currys and think about the 42 inch plasma TV that you could be watching Jeremy Kyle or East Coronation Dale on and spare a thought for the poor souls that are living in real poverty and genuine fear for their lives. Next time you feel compelled to kick your way through a shop window for a packet of value basmati rice stop and think that if you were to buy the rice and give to someone who truly needs it, you would make a difference, however slight, to a persons life that is positive and probably a lot more rewarding. Besides which, you’re less likely to receive a severe injury as the broken glass severs a major artery and lacerates the skin on your leg.
I will close with a thought that I borrow from a certain US presenter, take care of yourself, and each other.