I feel like we are back in the 80’s, riots every week through the summer was the norm back then. In a way, why should anyone be surprised, it was bound to happen sooner or later. The right recipe has been brewing up for quite a while now; it’s a mix of a poor unsatisfactory education, no money, and no prospects for the future. Add a little bit a tension and hey presto you have all the makings of a riot.
The only thing that surprises me, is that it has taken this long for the thugs to start hitting back in large numbers. It is a disgrace, not only because of the wanton destruction, fear and misery it causes, but also the fact that our governments over the last ten years have allowed it to get this bad.
It all goes back to my argument last year that we never learn from our past, and there was a brilliant documentary on BBC4 last Monday showing this very fact. All we seem to do in this country is go from one extreme disastrous situation to another, the pendulum swings, it is unyielding.
You cannot condone people for charging around the streets, drunk, throwing fire bombs, looting and causing violence and mayhem, but you can understand why it has got to this stage once more.
When you have taken everything from a person and all they have to look forward to is a life off worthless misery, then what should we really expect.
How you change this pattern of self destruction is unknown, because any concept or idea that may work, and many have worked, at least for a short time, eventually get abused and taken advantage of. The greedy and the powerful, use and abuse, until any good that was gained is lost.
Until we improve the education system and give young people some kind of optimism, then unfortunately riots will continue.