Swiss Tony wrote:
Swiss Tony wrote:
So how do they justify the law student who gave herself in for stealing a TV? Or the millionairre's daighter?
why do they need to?
The riots that we have witnessed over the last week, whilst violent and misguided, are a product of decades of neglect inflicted on your country by various governments.
So the riots were coordinated by people with (and I quote) £300 smartphones and £100 trainers and we are somehow poverty stricken?
I contest that it's just pure midless greed
All these people who are having such a bad time - I bet they all havea TV, mobile phone etc etc etc
It makes me fucking sick when you look at what's going on in Africa etc that people are that selfish and lack that much contrition that they engineer arguments for being badly treated while they have thse things and regular money coming in. I'm not saying poverty doesn't exist but this is not a maifestation of it IMO. Good people didn't loot - they probably held their heads up high and condemned this shit.
Neglect doesn't automatically mean poverty though does it? And looking for underlying causes doesn't necessarily have to mean excusing people's behaviour.
There are many different underlying causes for the riots. I'm not excusing anyone's behaviour by searching for reasons mind you. But there doesn't seem to be a clear picture of things atm, to be able to pinpoint the reasons behind the different disturbances.
I do think there are problems in society though and the economic situation isn't helping that. But a lot of the issues are ingrained in society.
With regards to Africa and poverty, I of course agree that there are many in the world who are livng in real poverty, while we continue with our corporate, consumerist culture, where everyone wants the latest £100+ trainers etc... Even I don't have the spare cash to want to participate in the fashion race. (This probably shows.
However, it's not just the lower rungs of society who display this greed. Up the top, we have banks paying out huge bonuses and MPs who seemed to think they could fiddle their expenses because everyone else was doing it. None of these people seem to be thinking about Africa or levels of poverty around the world.